OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at https://www.osha.gov.

August 26, 1991

Ms. Sara Alejandra Alejo
Post Office Box 638
Nocatee, Florida 33864

Dear Ms. Alejo:

The White House Office referred your letter of May 1, to the Department of Labor. Subsequently, your letter was assigned to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In your letter you express concern for seasonal employees who are exposed in the fields to pesticides which are harmful to their health.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority and responsibility for promulgating and enforcing federal regulations related to your concern. Presently, the controlled use and disposal of pesticides is the subject of proposed rulemaking by the EPA. In consideration of the proposed rulemaking, your letter has been referred to the EPA, and a copy of the referral letter is enclosed.

We appreciate your interest in employee safety and health. If we can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.


Gerard F. Scannell
Assistant Secretary