Certain laws and regulations exist to cover worker safety whether an applicator is working in an area that uses pesticides or is applying restricted use pesticides. Learn the laws and regulations, chemical formulations, mixing, application, safety issues and concerns, environmental concerns, and other topics related to pesticide use for various applications.
The Worker Protection Standard (WPS ) requires agricultural establishment owners such as Purdue University to take steps to reduce the risk of pesticide-related illness and injury if they use these pesticides or employ pesticide handlers or workers who are are exposed to such pesticides.
- Handlers are all employees that mix, load, or apply agricultural pesticides; clean or repair pesticide application equipment; or assist with the application of pesticides in any way. Handlers must be trained before performing any handling task.
- Workers are all employees that perform tasks related to the cultivation and harvesting of plants on University farms or in greenhouses, nurseries, or forests. Workers include anyone employed for any compensation doing tasks, such as carrying nursery stock, repotting plants, or watering, related to the production of agricultural plants at the University.
- It is also required by law to recieve pesticide training if applying pesticide for private (farms) or commercial (restricted-use for function of job or for hire).
Training certification expires every five years unless attending conferences that offer Continuing Certification Hours (CCH). Training is provided to Purdue employees at no charge. Otherwise, training is $60, the book is $30, and the Students Exam itself is free.
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