Exemptions for owners of agricultural establishments: Chapter 6, pages 90-91
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Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Establishments
Nebraska Extension, EC3006 Index: Issued November 2016
This publication describes the federal Worker Protection Standard (revised 2015) to help owners or operators of agriculture operations determine if it applies to their business and provide information on how to comply. Key components of the revised standard are outlined including WPS labeling, basic duties of employers,requirements of agricultural owners and exemptions for agricultural owners and immediate family members.
Information about the WPS and respirator use
Part of the new standard includes a requirement for a medical evaluation and respirator fit test when using WPS labeled products where the label “requires the use of a respirator." This includes particulate filtering facepiece respirators (formally known as dust/mist respirators) and cartridge respirators. This new requirement applies to owners of agricultural establishments - including family-owned operations where only family members work at the establishment.