Health and Safety

Pesticide Education – Worker Protection Standard

Proteus offers free pesticide training sessions for farmworkers, greenhouse workers, vineyard staff or others who work closely with pesticides. The presenters are well trained in the Worker Protection Standard and certified by the sponsoring state’s Pesticide Bureau as required by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Held on-site, the training sessions are bilingual and interactive. Each session is one hour and presents information required by law under the Worker Protection Standard. Training is given in small group presentations and trainees are encouraged to participate and ask questions. The curriculum is EPA-endorsed and workers receive an EPA card that is valid for 5 years.

Heat Stress Training

Programs offered to farmworkers and their employers educate on how to prevent heat-related illness or death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, farmworkers die from heat-related illness at a rate 20 times greater than that of the entire U.S. civilian workforce. Yet, with appropriate steps, heat-related illness is preventable and fatalities can be avoided.

Maria teaching Pesticide ClassOur nationally trained employees provide heat stress training to help others recognize the symptoms of heat-related illness, how to prevent heat stress/heat stroke, and what to do in an emergency. The information provided helps agricultural employers prevent a heat stress incident and teaches how to properly respond if an incident does occur.