Worker Protection Standard
and Agricultural Safety and Health

Farm Worker Protection Safety Program

The Pennsylvania Rural Health Farm Worker Protection Safety Program provides technical and compliance assistance to agricultural producers and their employees in understanding and complying with the requirements of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency Worker Protection Standard. Links to university-based, state, and national agricultural safety and health programs are available.

The goal of the program is to address the needs of all farm workers, with a special focus on migrant farm workers and Anabaptist populations.

EPA Worker Protection Standard Technical and Compliance Assistance

This state-funded program is:

  • Designed to help growers, farm workers, and farm worker advocates gain an understanding of, and comply with, the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Worker Protection Standard (WPS)
  • Managed by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health in collaboration with the Penn State Pesticide Education Program
  • Funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry

We help by:

  • Providing Worker Protection Standard (WPS) training to growers and their employees
  • Offering handler and worker WPS training
  • Conducting farm WPS evaluations to help growers comply with the WPS standard
  • Assisting growers’ groups with their concerns


Jim Harvey

Rural Health Farm Worker Protection Safety Specialist

118 Keller Building

University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
(814) 863-8214

Worker Protection Standard and Agricultural Safety and Health Events

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April 2019

Assessment of Opioid Misuse Risk Among Farmers in the Clinical Setting

April 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Summary: Prescription opioids are often the first-line therapy to treat chronic and acute pain among farmers. Prescribing opioids to farmer populations that may not seek regular treatment or have access to alternative therapies increases the risk for potential opioid misuse. Properly assessing for these characteristics among other abuse or addiction risk factors, is critical in providing treatment that is both appropriate and effective. The training module will seek to provide insight on misuse risk factors among farmers to better inform…

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June 2019

Health and Well-Being in Amish Society: A Multidisciplinary Conference

June 6, 2019 - June 8, 2019

The conference focus is health, health care, and individual and community welfare and well-being in Amish life. Keynote speaker Joseph B. Martin and plenary speakers Katherine Hempstead, Martha King, and Melissa Thomas join many other scholars, researchers, and practitioners who will present seminars, workshops, papers, and posters.  The three-day event, cosponsored by WellSpan Health and open to the public, will highlight topics such as genetics, culturally appropriate care, Amish understandings of healing and well-being, mental health, alternative and complementary medicine, preventive…

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Health & Well-being in Amish Society

June 6, 2019 - June 8, 2019

Early bird registration through May1! The conference focuses on health, healing, health care, and individual and community welfare and well-being in Amish life. The three-day event, which is open to the public, features scholars from a variety of disciplines and health care professionals who serve the Amish. See the conference site for more information and the conference schedule for presentation details. For more information: 717-361-1470  

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September 2019

Continuing Distance Education Program – CNE HOURS

September 4, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Continuing Distance Education Program - Receive 18 CNE hours! September 4th - December 6th 2019/Early bird registration is until August 23, 2019. Calling all nurses serving rural communities! Get the tools necessary to help farmers and ranchers in your community, while earning 18 Continuing Nursing Education hours. The Nurse Scholar program is a distance learning opportunity available to rural nurses provided by experienced health & safety educators. Increase your knowledge base in prevention, identification, and assessment of diseases related to agricultural…

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Child Agricultural Injury Prevention Workshop

September 17, 2019 @ 8:00 am - September 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

This workshop is ideal for farm organizations, insurance professionals, agribusiness, bankers and lenders, healthcare providers, Extension, FFA Advisors, public health officials and media. Learn how you can help safeguard children and youth who live, work and play on farms and ranches. This information can be used to develop and enhance childhood agricultural safety strategies for your organization. Interactive sessions will be facilitated by safety experts and leaders in the field of childhood agricultural injury prevention. 

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October 2019

AgrAbility Regional Workshop

October 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - October 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

This two-day workshop, that is being held at the Days Inn State College, is a great opportunity to learn more about occupational therapy and assistive technology on the farm — working together to keep farmers farming! In addition to those who are interested in assisting farmers with a disability or long-term health condition, this workshop would be helpful to: Service providers (VR, state agencies, governmental organizations) Agricultural professionals (Extension, FFA, ag educators) Occupational/Physical therapists, staff, teachers, and students Staff from other…

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