Worker Safety & Compliance Assistance for Employers

The safety of agricultural field workers and pesticide handlers is an important focus of Santa Barbara County's Pesticide Use Enforcement program. English and Spanish bi-lingual inspectors perform compliance activities to ensure safe working conditions, proper use of personal protective equipment, and training for employees who work with or around pesticides. 


 Pesticide Handler Safety - California Code of Regulations, Section 6724 requires employers to assure that employees who handle pesticides have been trained prior to handling pesticides and annually thereafter. Employers are required to have a written training program and individual training records for each employee handling pesticides.

 Respiratory Protection Program - California Code of Regulations, Section 6739 requires employers to assure that employees use approved respiratory equipment in any workplace where respirators are required by label, restricted material permit condition, regulation or employer. 

 Fieldworker Safety - California Code of Regulations, Section 6764 requires employers to assure that each employee assigned to work in a treated field has been trained in the last 5 years, in a manner the employee understands, before beginning work in the treated field.

 Medical Supervision Program - California Code of Regulations, Section 6728 requires employers to provide medical supervision, including periodic cholinesterase blood tests for employees that mix, load or apply organophosphate or N-methyl carbamate pesticides that have the signal word Danger or Warning, the pesticides are used on agricultural products, and the employees use these pesticides for more than 6 days in a 30-day period. 

 Compliance Assistance for Employers - The Santa Barbara Grower's Guide will answer many of your questions regarding pesticide use in Santa Barbara County. The links in the booklet will also provide you with the form you may need. 

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation provides information to help employers and businesses comply with the laws and regulations pertaining to pesticide use. Check out DPR's Compliance Assistance for Employers website for in-depth coverage of topics including employer responsibilities, laws and regulations, licensing and certification, environmental protection and worker safety. 

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation also has an extensive Worker Protection Program.