Worker Protection Standard
The Worker Protection Standard is a regulation issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect those who use pesticides in the production of agricultural plants on farms, in nurseries, forests, and greenhouses. The WPS requires employers to take steps in reducing pesticide-related illness and injury for both themselves and their employees. The Georgia Department of Agriculture, Pesticides Division enforces this regulation. Follow this link to find out more information about the Worker Protection Standard, its requirements, and if it applies to you.
Two ground water monitoring programs have been funded to provide the department with valuable information about the condition of Georgia's precious ground water. Water samples are tested for the pesticides alachlor, metolachlor, simazine, and cyanazine. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) and Georgia Department of National Resources Environmental Protection Division's Georgia Geological Survey (GAGS) are the two entities that sample Georgia's water for pesticides. Currently, the GDA is working closely with USGS on a project that is exploring the levels of pesticides in suburban Atlanta streams.
Endangered Species Protection
Georgia is home to several endangered species. In fact, you may even have an endangered species living in your county! In effort to help protect these precious plants and animals, the Georgia Department of Agriculture encourages and supports programs that educate young people about endangered species native to Georgia. Additionally, the department works with U.S. EPA to enforce special pesticide labeling with regards to endangered species. Click on this EPA link for more information about endangered species and pesticide use http://www.epa.gov/espp/.
In 2007, EPA launched its' Bulletins Live project which will help pesticide applicators determine if there is any risk in making pesticide applications in your area. Go to http://www.epa.gov/espp/bulletins.htm to use the Bulletins Live web page. If you have questions regarding endangered species and pesticide use, please contact Eric Olsen at (404) 656-4958 of via e-mail at Eric.Olsen@agr.georgia.gov.