EPA Extends respiratory protection flex abilities for agricultural pesticide handlers

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Board of Pesticides Control

EPA Extends Respiratory Protection Flexabilities for Agricultural Pesticide Handlers During COVID-19

In June 2020, EPA issued temporary guidance regarding respiratory protection requirements for agricultural pesticide handlers that offers flexibility during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  

Due to the continued concerns regarding personal protective equipment shortages in the agricultural sector, EPA is extending the “annual fit test delay” to September 30, 2021 as part of the previously issued guidance on respiratory protection requirements for agricultural pesticide handlers.

The remainder of the June 2020 guidance remains in effect. EPA will assess the continued need for and scope of the temporary guidance on a regular basis. Read the amended guidance.  

If you have questions please contact the Board of Pesticides Control at pesticides@maine.gov or (207) 287-2731.