Department of Pesticide Regulation
|April 4, 2002
|County Agricultural Commissioners
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY WORKER PROTECTION STANDARD TIER 1 OVERVIEW INSPECTIONS
Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) finalized a Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Inspection Guidance Document that established certain criteria for a WPS Tier 1 inspection. This document does not directly affect the inspections performed by county agricultural commissioners (CACs) at this time. It will, however, affect some of the overview inspections performed by DPR's Senior Pesticide Use Specialists (SPUS) in conjunction with CAC staff.
The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has agreed to perform a small number of U.S. EPA WPS Tier 1 overview inspections (approximately eight per region) during the remainder of the 2001/02 fiscal year. The WPS Tier 1 overview inspections will be conducted similar to all routine overview inspections. They will be "side by side" inspections with the SPUS performing inspections simultaneously with the CAC inspector. These overview inspections will differ from typical overview inspections in the following manner:
The Department of Pesticide Regulation's Procedures For Conducting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Worker Protection Standard Tier 1 Overview Inspections (attachment 2) provides guidance on how the SPUS should respond when they receive information regarding exposure incidents, employee refusal or employer retaliation. See Questions and Answers numbers 4-6 of attachment 2.
DPR will be negotiating with U.S. EPA to determine the number of WPS Tier 1 overview inspections to be performed under the 2002/03 fiscal year Grant. The number negotiated will be based on information derived from the overview inspections performed in the next few months. It is likely that some additional time and effort by CAC staff will be necessary in scheduling and conducting these inspections. I anticipate future discussion concerning your involvement with these inspections as we pilot the proposed inspection form changes and as I discuss the workload impacts with U.S. EPA.
I am grateful for your cooperation as we implement this new WPS Tier 1 inspection process. If you have any questions, please contact me, your Senior Pesticide Use Specialist, or Mr. Jim Walsh, Program Specialist, at (805) 654-4894.
|Original Signature by:
|Scott T. Paulsen, Chief
Pesticide Enforcement Branch
Department of Pesticide Regulation's Procedures for Conducting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Worker Protection Standard Tier 1 Overview Inspections, PDF (26 kb)
WPS Inspection Report Supplement, PDF (60 kb)
cc: Mr. Jim Walsh (w/Attachments)
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