National Pesticide Safety Education Month launched to promote safe pesticide use

By Christina Conner, University of Georgia

Hundreds of people get sick each year from inappropriate pesticide use, but those who don’t deal with pesticides daily may not think about it very often.

Pesticides are used in homes, workplaces, apartments, farms and other places where humans need to control pests such as weeds, insects, fungi, rodents and even viruses. Of the 11 states participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) pesticide safety program, workers reported 853 serious injuries from pesticides in 2011, according to the CDC. Continue reading

Cooperative Agreement on Pesticide Safety Education

EPA is awarding the eXtension Foundation with a cooperative agreement to establish a system to distribute EPA funds to Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs) in State Cooperative Extension Services at Land Grant Universities.

PSEPs will use the funds to provide pesticide applicator training on the safe use of restricted use pesticides by applicators in agricultural, commercial and residential settings. Continue reading

U of I seeks Extension Specialist, Pesticide Safety

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Department of Crop Sciences Extension Specialist, Pesticide Safety Education – Entomology

PRIMARY FUNCTION Work as part of an interdisciplinary team to prepare educational materials and conduct training clinics to support the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) for state licensing requirements. Continue reading

EPA grant of nearly $175,000 to state of Oklahoma will support pesticide safety

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $174,814 to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to support a wide range of pesticide programs, including enforcement and outreach efforts. The department has authority from EPA to regulate pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act in Oklahoma.

“The safe use of pesticides is a vital tool for the agricultural community,” said Acting Regional Administrator Sam Coleman. “This grant will help Oklahoma continue its effective pesticide programs.” Continue reading

Protect Yourself from Pesticides poster available

On June 30th the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) launched its next resource, “Protect Yourself from Pesticides”, a poster satisfying the display requirements of the revised 2015 Worker Protection Standard (§170.311).

The poster is available on the PERC website in two sizes (11”x17” and 22”x34.5”) and in a combination of English and Spanish: Continue reading

EPA and Texas Partner on Pesticide Safety

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $585,730 to the Texas Department of Agriculture to support a wide range of pesticide programs, including enforcement and outreach efforts.

“At EPA, we are protecting the environment by engaging our state partners,” said Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This grant represents what EPA is all about, empowering our states to protect their environment.” Continue reading

Pesticide safety manual available

The Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delighted to share the highly anticipated resource, “National Worker Protection Standard: A Manual for Trainers of Agricultural Workers and Pesticide Handlers.” Changes to the standard in 2015 have made the previous manual obsolete. This updated manual is written in English and PERC plans to release a Spanish version in spring 2017.

The document may be accessed and downloaded from the PERC website at: http://pesticideresources.org/wps/ttt/manual/index.html Continue reading