LAWS AND REGULATIONS
After completion of the study of Laws and Regulations, the trainee should be able
understand pesticide applicator certification, and
appreciate how "pesticide laws and regulations protect individuals and the
Standards and testing for certification (and
recertification) are part of EPA-approved and
evaluated state and tribal plans for regulation of
Pesticide application is complex. Control of pests
commercial applicators. Recertification intervals vary
cannot be attained by simply spraying baseboards, as
from state to state. Training has received increased
some novices assume. Certified applicators not only
emphasis in recent decades; today training programs
need to know about all phases of pest control for their
have input from university extension services, state
own use, but also to pass this practical knowledge on
regulatory agencies, national and state pest control
to technicians under their supervision.
associations, pesticide manufacturers, and other pest
Pesticide technicians need to know more about
control industry representatives.
safety and proper use than ever before. The number of
pesticides has increased. Effects on wildlife, human
health, and the environment are vital considerations.
Training seminars and certification programs are
Highly toxic pesticides require special equipment and
evaluated by state regulatory agencies as well as by the
EPA. Records verifying attendance and participation in
Certification requirements have been set to help
these training programs are important. Subjects
protect the general public, the environment, and those
covered, time, location, instructor, and testing results
who apply pesticides. Anyone using restricted use
should be noted and signed by the instructor and
pesticides in any category must be certified or under
the direct supervision of someone who is certified.
Every pesticide applicator should maintain a
[ Direct supervision refers to the availability of the
personal training record that includes classroom
certified applicator, either as directed by the label or
training and testing, on-the-job training, workshops,
else as related to the hazard of the situation. A
performance testing, use observations, etc.
competent person shall apply a restricted use pesticide
under the instructions and control of a certified
applicator who is available if and when needed. [Note:
There are two classifications of certified
this requirement may be changed by new regulations.
applicators: private and commercial. A private
All certified applicators should be aware of current
certified applicator uses or supervises the use of
requirements.] Restricted use indicates that the
restricted use pesticides to produce agricultural
environment, user, or others, could be harmed even
commodities on property owned or rented by himself
though the pesticide is used as directed.] Certification
or his employer.
is carried out by the states/tribes (except in Colorado
A commercial certified applicator uses or
and Nebraska which have federal programs).
supervises the use of any pesticide that is classified for
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