Presentation on theme: "North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Food & Drug Protection Division, Pesticide Section 2003-2005 P RIVATE A PPLICATOR R ECERTIFICATION."— Presentation transcript:
North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Food & Drug Protection Division, Pesticide Section P RIVATE A PPLICATOR R ECERTIFICATION Changes to the N.C. Private Pesticide Applicator Regulations and Security and Storage of Pesticides
Why were changes made to the private applicator regulations? EPA had been encouraging N.C. to update its standards for the past several years. N.C. was one of only 7 states not requiring a written exam for certification. It is important that Private Applicators keep informed and up-to-date on all pesticide related issues.
What changes were made? New Private Applicators will now be required to pass a written examination. All Private Applicators will now be required to obtain 2 hours of “specialty training”.
What has stayed the same? Private Applicators who currently hold valid certification will not be required to pass a written exam. Private Applicators will still be required to attend the mandatory recertification class (safety training) at their local CES every 3 years. Private Applicators who fail to renew their cards by their recertification deadline (Sept. 30 of the third year of their certification period) will be required to pass a written exam to obtain a new card.
Attend specialized training that offers renewal credit. This credit is now designated as the “X” category. Examples: Grower meetings Field days Crop tours CES pesticide training How will I be able to obtain the two extra renewal credits?
How can I be sure that I receive my credits? You must sign an attendance roster and write down your social security number. Your writing must be legible. Keep your own records of the classes you attend.
How will I know how many credits I have? NCDA & CS will mail transcripts once a year to all pesticide applicators listing classes attended and credits earned. After you receive your transcript, call the Pesticide Section ( ) ASAP to correct any discrepancy with your record.
How do I get my renewal application? Mailed from NCDA & CS – not from local Extension office. Check information for correctness (name, address etc.) and sign after reading attestation statement. Return to NCDA & CS with a check or money order.
All new cards will now beGREEN
Security and Storage of Pesticides by Private Applicators
Liability Financial loss Public health Image of agriculture Deter threat of terrorism Health and safety of children and pets Reasons for pesticide security
DO NOT leave pesticides unattended on vehicles
DO NOT transport pesticides inside vehicles
DO NOT leave pesticides unsecured in the field
DO secure pesticides when left in the field
STORAGE OF PESTICIDES
Pesticide storage regulations are divided into three parts Part One - Storage Requirements For All Pesticides (Includes Household and Farm Storage of Pesticides) Part Two - Commercial Storage of Restricted- Use Pesticides Part Three - Commercial Storage Requirements For Large Facilities Storing Restricted-Use Pesticides
General Storage Requirements Common sense, safety requirements for all pesticides Prevent leaking Facilitate inspection No unlabeled containers Do not store in any food, feed, beverage, or medicine container
General Storage Requirements Do not store pesticides as to contaminate food, feed, beverage, eating utensils, tobacco, seed, fertilizer or other pesticides Follow label recommendations for storage, i.e. temperatures and restricted sites Store to prevent unauthorized access Store pesticides in an area that is dry and ventilated Store pesticides free of combustibles and other fire hazards
DO NOT store pesticides that leak
DO NOT store pesticides in a manner that will hinder an inspection
DO NOT keep pesticides in unlabeled containers
DO NOT store pesticides in any food, feed, beverage or medicine container
DO NOT contaminate food, feed, beverage, eating utensils, tobacco, seed, fertilizer or other pesticides
DO store pesticides in accordance with their labels
DO NOT store pesticides in areas where unauthorized access may occur
DO NOT store pesticides in locations that can become damp or wet
DO NOT store pesticides in areas where combustibles or other fire hazards are present
DO practice proper storage
DO use at least the minimum labeling requirements
Example minimum labeling requirements Common chemical name Percentage of each active ingredient EPA registration number Signal word Use classification
DO store pesticides to prevent unauthorized access
DO have proper ventilation
Example of good storage building Ventilation Secure (locked) Authorized personnel only 704 Placard (not required by NCDA & CS)
Fire Hazard Prevention Store pesticides away from items that may be fire hazards Have a plan in case there is a fire or spill on your farm
Disposal Assistance Abandoned pesticides and containers can create problems for family members and new property owners. For information on pesticide disposal and container recycling, contact your local CES or the Pesticide Section.