(NBC NEWS) The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules on Thursday to protect farm workers, including mandatory training in languages such as Spanish and buffer zones to keep people clear of freshly sprayed fields.

They’re the first new regulations covering pesticides and farm workers in more than 20 years and aim to start bringing protections up to the level of other U.S. workers.

“The current rules require training every five years,” said Jim Jones of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “We are proposing training on an annual basis.”

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