The 2015 revision of the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) mandates requirements for medical evaluation, fit testing, and respirator training when the pesticide label requires a respirator. An ad-hoc group of Extension pesticide safety educators came together to address a lack of training and infrastructure for respirator compliance. In the ensuing years, programs of varied audiences and formats were hosted. Errors and shortcomings were realized, knowledge was gained, and lessons were learned. Those lessons are summarized here with links, resources, and suggestions for the implementation of similar efforts by Extension professionals.
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Wierda, M. R., Hygnstrom, J. R., Hoidal, N., Walker, T., Wilburn, J., Tutor Marcom, R., Herzfeld, D., Sargent, K., Richards, K., Maccini, R., & Bartholomew, C. (2021). Building Capacities to Conduct Respirator Fit Testing for Pesticide Applicators. The Journal of Extension, 59(3), Article 14. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.59.03.14