Region 1: EPA New England
Information for Pesticide Applicators...
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Certification and Training Programs
Pesticide Applicator Resources
FIFRA requires that applicators using pesticides classified as restricted-use must be certified. Certified applicators must demonstrate competency by meeting the standards for use and handling of pesticides. The New England State Lead Agencies for pesticides (SLA's) have the primary responsibility for certification of pesticide applicators in their respective states and applicator certification and training programs are conducted by all states in Region 1. The Cooperative Extension Service together with the SLA's conducts training for pesticide applicators in each of the New England states. The EPA and SLA's, in cooperation with the Cooperative Extension Service, develop and distribute training materials to certified applicators. By ensuring proper pesticide use through pesticide applicator certification and training, EPA and the SLA's are helping to protect pesticide applicators, workers, the general public, and the safety of our nation's food supply and environment.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
IPM is a knowledge-based, systematic approach to pest control which requires evaluation of control (or management) alternatives including biological, cultural, chemical, host plant resistance, and other methods (tactics) before choosing the best method, or combination of methods, to reduce a pest population below threshold levels. Informed decisions about pest control are made by using scientific information about crop systems, ecology, biology of target pests and site specific information such as monitoring data (scouting or sampling) for crop damage or pests.
Farmers were early adopters of IPM; and early IPM research and initiatives centered on major crop systems. Subsequently IPM methods have been developed for pest control in other settings including schools, households, turf, and ornamentals.
EPA has supported IPM since the first days of the Agency. Early national IPM initiatives, which were co-sponsored by USDA, the National Science Foundation and EPA, were centered on major crops including cotton, soybeans, alfalfa, citrus fruits, pome fruits and stone fruits and focused mostly on insect pests.
In 1995 EPA created the Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (BPPD) to encourage use of less risky alternatives to conventional pesticides and pest control methods. BPPD has supported these goals by promoting Integrated Pest Management, registering biological pesticides and by implementing the reduce use/risk initiative.
IPM is an important non-regulatory part of the Pesticide Program in Region 1. The Region 1 Program has developed outreach materials, provided education, and managed Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) Grants and Strategic Agricultural Initiative (SAI) Grants. Our regional activities strive to balance agricultural and non-agricultural pesticide use. Due to regional demographics, we focus on homeowner and urban IPM use; concentrating much of our efforts on consumer use of pesticides for household and lawn care pest control. Among the outreach activities in this area is the production and distribution of two brochures, "Pesticides in Your Home" (PDF) (10 pp, 553K) (targets household pesticide use) and "Pesticides in Your Garden" (PDF) (8 pp, 541K) (targets lawn care pesticide use).
If you are interested in our work with the agricultural community, please visit the Region 1 Agriculture page.
Turf IPM Links:
- Integrated Pest Management - Univeristy of Connecticut
- Landscape Nursery and Urban Forestry - UMass Extension
PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
The federal government (OSHA) requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce employees' exposures to hazards when engineering the administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing these exposures to acceptable levels. Employers are required to determine all exposures to hazards in their workplace and determine if PPE should be used to protect their workers.
The following links provide additional information on PPE, how to select proper PPE for a given task, etc.
Links to commercial sources for PPE
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