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1 Georgia Competent Applicator of Pesticides Program (GCAPP) Frank Hancock, Henry Co. Agriculture & Natural Resource Agent Paul Guillebeau, Professor, Department of Entomology Doug Jones, Georgia Department of Agriculture Georgia Department of Agriculture

2 The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Department of Agriculture developed the GCAPP program to protect human health and the environment by providing training for pesticide applicators who are not required to have an applicator’s license. Instructors may adapt specific information (e.g. pesticide products) to better fit their audience. Product names do not imply endorsement or criticism by the University of Georgia or the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

3 What is a Pesticide? “-cide”= to kill “-cide”= to kill Pesticides - designed to control populations of organisms causing problems for humans. Pesticides - designed to control populations of organisms causing problems for humans. “Pesticide” is a broad term including: “Pesticide” is a broad term including: Herbicides Rodenticides Herbicides Rodenticides Fungicides Nematicides Fungicides Nematicides Bactericides Insecticides etc. Bactericides Insecticides etc.

4 What is a Pest? Pests compete with humans, domestic animals, and desirable plants for nutrients and water. Pests compete with humans, domestic animals, and desirable plants for nutrients and water. Pests may injure humans, domestic animals, desirable plants, and structures. Pests may injure humans, domestic animals, desirable plants, and structures. Some pests spread disease. Some pests spread disease. Some pests annoy humans or domestic animals. Some pests annoy humans or domestic animals. A pest can be any organism that is not wanted or is in the wrong place at the wrong time. A pest can be any organism that is not wanted or is in the wrong place at the wrong time.

5 Advantages of Modern Pesticides Save human lives by controlling pests that spread diseases like malaria or encephalitis. Save human lives by controlling pests that spread diseases like malaria or encephalitis. Increase food supplies and reduce food costs. Increase food supplies and reduce food costs. Increase profit for farmers. Increase profit for farmers. Control pests quickly. Pesticides may be the only rapid solution to uncontrolled pest populations. Control pests quickly. Pesticides may be the only rapid solution to uncontrolled pest populations.

6 Disadvantages of Modern Pesticides May be toxic to humans. May be toxic to humans. May harm the environment. May harm the environment. May kill non-target arthropods (e.g., insects, spiders) that help control pest populations. May kill non-target arthropods (e.g., insects, spiders) that help control pest populations. Many applications do not reach the target. Many applications do not reach the target. Less than 2% of insecticides applied reach target insect Less than 2% of insecticides applied reach target insect 5% reaches target plant—the rest goes into the environment 5% reaches target plant—the rest goes into the environment Pests may develop genetic resistance to pesticides. Pests may develop genetic resistance to pesticides.

7 Labeling Labeling includes the product label and all the other information referenced on the label. Labeling includes the product label and all the other information referenced on the label. You must read and follow the label and any supplemental labeling information. You must read and follow the label and any supplemental labeling information.

8 Pesticide Classification The EPA classifies pesticides as unclassified or Restricted Use. The EPA classifies pesticides as unclassified or Restricted Use. An unclassified pesticide may be purchased or used by any adult. An unclassified pesticide may be purchased or used by any adult. Restricted Use Pesticides must be purchased by a licensed applicator and applied under their supervision. Restricted Use Pesticides must be purchased by a licensed applicator and applied under their supervision. Georgia and some other states require a license for any commercial application of pesticides. Georgia and some other states require a license for any commercial application of pesticides.

9 Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) A box on the front panel identifies RUP. RESTRICTED USE PESTICIDE For retail sale to and use only by certified applicators, or persons under their direct supervision and only for the uses covered by the certified applicator’s certification.

10 Pesticide Label Information Brand name Brand name Ingredients Ingredients Formulation Formulation Signal word – DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION Signal word – DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION Directions for use Directions for use Hazards to humans, animals, and the environment Hazards to humans, animals, and the environment Personal Protective Equipment Requirements Personal Protective Equipment Requirements First Aid First Aid Registration number, manufacturer name/address Registration number, manufacturer name/address Net contents Net contents

11 Pesticide Ingredients The active ingredients are specified on the label. The active ingredients are specified on the label. This information can help you compare different pesticide products. This information can help you compare different pesticide products. Inert ingredients are not identified. Inert ingredients are not identified.

12 Signal words DANGER pesticides are extremely dangerous DANGER pesticides are extremely dangerous A very small amount of a DANGER-POISON pesticide will kill a human or pet A very small amount of a DANGER-POISON pesticide will kill a human or pet DANGER pesticides can cause severe eye/skin injury DANGER pesticides can cause severe eye/skin injury WARNING – larger amounts will injure humans WARNING – larger amounts will injure humans CAUTION pesticides are the least dangerous but can still cause injury CAUTION pesticides are the least dangerous but can still cause injury

13 Statements of Practical Treatment Hazards to humans Hazards to humans Hazards to domestic animals Hazards to domestic animals Acute effects statement (happen within 24 hours) Acute effects statement (happen within 24 hours) Delayed or chronic effects statement (happen over time such as cancer) Delayed or chronic effects statement (happen over time such as cancer) Your risk hazard from pesticide depends on the toxicity of the pesticide and your exposure to it Your risk hazard from pesticide depends on the toxicity of the pesticide and your exposure to it

14 Hazard Statements Hazards to Humans Hazards to Humans Eye, skin, inhalation, ingestion, etc. Eye, skin, inhalation, ingestion, etc. Environmental Hazards Environmental Hazards Birds, bees, groundwater, etc. Birds, bees, groundwater, etc. Consider the hazards before you buy a pesticide. Consider the hazards before you buy a pesticide.

15 First Aid (Statements of Practical Treatment) Call 911 for life-threatening injuries. Call 911 for life-threatening injuries. Call Poison Control for less serious injuries. Call Poison Control for less serious injuries from anywhere in the U.S from anywhere in the U.S. Use First Aid on the label if help is delayed. Use First Aid on the label if help is delayed.

16 Directions for Use Use sites - only use a pesticide on sites indicated in the labeling. Application to other sites is illegal and may be dangerous. Use sites - only use a pesticide on sites indicated in the labeling. Application to other sites is illegal and may be dangerous. Use rates – exceeding labeling rates or frequency is dangerous and illegal. Use rates – exceeding labeling rates or frequency is dangerous and illegal. You may use below the labeled use rate. You may use below the labeled use rate. Pests – you may not use a pesticide against pests not listed in the labeling. Pests – you may not use a pesticide against pests not listed in the labeling. The pesticide may not be effective against other pests The pesticide may not be effective against other pests

17 Other Labeling Information Pests controlled Pests controlled Equipment: any application equipment may be used unless prohibited by the labeling. Equipment: any application equipment may be used unless prohibited by the labeling. Mixing directions Mixing directions Other pesticides that can be applied in combination Other pesticides that can be applied in combination Potential injury or stains to plants, animals, or surfaces Potential injury or stains to plants, animals, or surfaces

18 The labeling directions are not advice, they are requirements It is illegal and dangerous to use a pesticide in any way not permitted by the labeling.

19 Weeds

20 Drift

21 Which way did he go?

22 Roundup Damage

23 Too much

24 Spill

25 Wrong Stuff MSMA on Centipede MSMA on Centipede

26 Where Kids Play

27 MOWER DAMAGE HEALING

28 Where were you standing?

29 Non Target Damage

30 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM) IPM combines multiple pest control tactics into a single plan to manage pest populations and minimize risks to human health and the environment. IPM combines multiple pest control tactics into a single plan to manage pest populations and minimize risks to human health and the environment. Relying on pesticides alone increases risks to humans/environment and the likelihood of pest resistance. Relying on pesticides alone increases risks to humans/environment and the likelihood of pest resistance.

31 PEST IDENTIFICATION The first step in pest management is correct identification of the pest. The first step in pest management is correct identification of the pest. Physical features Physical features Characteristics of damage Characteristics of damage Life cycle Life cycle Consult your local Extension office for help with pest identification. Consult your local Extension office for help with pest identification.

32 PEST MANAGEMENT Evaluate the damage or expected damage. Evaluate the damage or expected damage. Use a control strategy that will reduce pest populations or damage to acceptable levels. Use a control strategy that will reduce pest populations or damage to acceptable levels. Minimize human/environmental risks. Minimize human/environmental risks.

33 MANAGEMENT GOALS Prevention Prevention Suppression Suppression Eradication Eradication

34 MONITORING What pests are present? What pests are present? What beneficials are present? What beneficials are present? Is action warranted? Is action warranted? When is the right time to begin control? When is the right time to begin control? Were control tactics successful? Were control tactics successful?

35 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Monitor pest populations/injury and determine if action is warranted. Monitor pest populations/injury and determine if action is warranted. Understand pest biology and ecology. Understand pest biology and ecology. Determine pest control goals. Determine pest control goals. Know what control tactics are available. Know what control tactics are available. Evaluate the benefits and risk of each tactic. Evaluate the benefits and risk of each tactic. Choose a strategy that will be the effective and minimize risks. Choose a strategy that will be the effective and minimize risks.

36 PEST CONTROL FAILURES Incorrect pest identification Incorrect pest identification Wrong pesticide Wrong pesticide Incorrect timing of application Incorrect timing of application Incorrect placement of application Incorrect placement of application Pest resistance Pest resistance New infestation New infestation

37 ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS PROTECTING GROUND WATER AND ENDANGERED SPECIES

38 GROUND WATER Water beneath the earths surface Water beneath the earths surface Aquifers supply water to wells/springs Aquifers supply water to wells/springs Pesticide contamination of aquifers is a major concern. Pesticide contamination of aquifers is a major concern.

39 GROUNDWATER SOURCES RAIN RAIN SNOW SNOW LAKES LAKES STREAMS STREAMS IRRIGATION IRRIGATION

40 WATER MOVEMENT EVAPORATION/TRANSPIRATION EVAPORATION/TRANSPIRATION SURFACE RUNOFF SURFACE RUNOFF DOWNWARD INFILTRATION DOWNWARD INFILTRATION

41 Evaporation and transpiration Evaporation Stream Infiltration Water table Infiltration Unconfined aquifer Confined aquifer Lake Well requiring a pump Flowing artesian well Runoff Precipitation Confined Recharge Area Aquifer Less permeable material such as clay Confirming permeable rock layer Ground Water Fig p. 308

42 No New Water Existing water is the same as we have always had. Existing water is the same as we have always had. 97% of the earths water is salty. 97% of the earths water is salty. 2% is frozen in polar caps. 2% is frozen in polar caps. 1% is all we have to use. 1% is all we have to use. U.S. water systems pump 185 gallons/person per day. U.S. water systems pump 185 gallons/person per day.

43 Point and Non-point Sources NONPOINT SOURCES Urban streets Suburban development Wastewater treatment plant Rural homes Cropland Factory Animal feedlot POINT SOURCES Fig p. 494

44 FACTORS DETERMINING IF PESTICIDE REACHES GROUND WATER Application practices Application practices Presence of water at surface Presence of water at surface Chemical characteristics of pesticide Chemical characteristics of pesticide Soil type Soil type Geology/Location of ground water Geology/Location of ground water

45 APPLICATION PRACTICES Never exceed labeling rates. Never exceed labeling rates. Use proper application methods. Use proper application methods. Prevent back siphoning. Prevent back siphoning. Locate storage and mix/load sites at least 100’ from surface water or links to groundwater. Locate storage and mix/load sites at least 100’ from surface water or links to groundwater. Dispose of pesticides properly. Dispose of pesticides properly.

46 WATER PRESENT AT SURFACE Rain Rain Irrigation Irrigation Saturated soil Saturated soil Water and pesticides may move through the soil to groundwater. Water and pesticides may move through the soil to groundwater.

47 PESTICIDE CHARACTERISTICS Water solubility Water solubility Persistence Persistence Affinity for soil particles/organic matter Affinity for soil particles/organic matter Refer to pesticide labeling and the Material Safety Data Sheet for the pesticide. Refer to pesticide labeling and the Material Safety Data Sheet for the pesticide.

48 SOIL FACTORS Soil texture Soil texture Soil permeability Soil permeability Soil organic mater Soil organic mater

49 GEOLOGY Distance from soil surface to water Distance from soil surface to water Sink holes Sink holes Permeability Permeability

50 SOURCES OF CONTAMINATION Spills Spills Improper disposal Improper disposal Improper cleanup Improper cleanup Exceeding labeling rates Exceeding labeling rates

51 THINGS TO CONSIDER Will the applicator understand and follow the pesticide labeling? Will the applicator understand and follow the pesticide labeling? Are there adequate buffer zones for sensitive areas, crops, and other nontargets? Are there adequate buffer zones for sensitive areas, crops, and other nontargets? Are water sources at risk? Are water sources at risk?

52 THINGS TO CONSIDER Is wind calm enough to prevent drift? Is wind calm enough to prevent drift? Are nozzles, pressure, etc. adjusted to minimize drift? Are nozzles, pressure, etc. adjusted to minimize drift? Is rain imminent? Is rain imminent? Do steep slopes/bare terrain increase risk of runoff? Do steep slopes/bare terrain increase risk of runoff? Does the applicator understand what to do in case of spills or other emergencies? Does the applicator understand what to do in case of spills or other emergencies? Is the application site near a school, hospital, or other sensitive area? Is the application site near a school, hospital, or other sensitive area?

53 THINGS TO CONSIDER Are endangered species in the area? Are endangered species in the area? Are honey bees, wildlife refuges, or parks in the area? Are honey bees, wildlife refuges, or parks in the area? Are people living or working in the area? Are people living or working in the area? Is it an area where food is processed? Is it an area where food is processed? Are domestic animals at risk? Are domestic animals at risk?

54 PESTICIDE MOVEMENT OFF-SITE Air – wind, spray pressure, nozzle type Air – wind, spray pressure, nozzle type Water - runoff, leaching Water - runoff, leaching Animals, equipment, clothing, or other objects may carry pesticides offsite. Animals, equipment, clothing, or other objects may carry pesticides offsite.

55 PESTICIDE USE EXAMPLE Client reports Fescue in Bermudagrass lawn. Client reports Fescue in Bermudagrass lawn. A friend gave him some Grazon P+D. A friend gave him some Grazon P+D. Client sprayed his lawn with no results. Client sprayed his lawn with no results. What went wrong? What went wrong?

56 IDENTIFY THE PEST FESCUE in Bermudagrass FESCUE in Bermudagrass SO FAR SO GOOD SO FAR SO GOOD

57 SELECT THE RIGHT PRODUCT Grazon P+D is a restricted use pesticide Grazon P+D is a restricted use pesticide Picloram and 2,4-D Picloram and 2,4-D Clearly the wrong product for this problem. Clearly the wrong product for this problem. It was also illegal and dangerous for his friend to give him this pesticide for this use. It was also illegal and dangerous for his friend to give him this pesticide for this use.

58 Picloram Controls woody, broadleaf plants Controls woody, broadleaf plants Binds poorly to soil. Binds poorly to soil. Soluble in water. Soluble in water. Persistent. Persistent. Detected in ground water in 11 states. Detected in ground water in 11 states.

59 2,4-D Controls broadleaf weeds in turf Controls broadleaf weeds in turf Slightly toxic to wildfowl Slightly toxic to wildfowl May be toxic to fish May be toxic to fish May impair honeybee brood production May impair honeybee brood production Low soil persistence Low soil persistence Detected in ground water in 5 states Detected in ground water in 5 states

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61 ENDANGERED SPECIES Plant or animal in danger of becoming extinct Plant or animal in danger of becoming extinct

62 FEDERAL CLASSIFICATIONS Endangered Endangered Threatened Threatened

63 ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT US Environmental Protection Agency must ensure that endangered species are protected from pesticides. US Environmental Protection Agency must ensure that endangered species are protected from pesticides. Look for endangered species restrictions in the pesticide labeling. Look for endangered species restrictions in the pesticide labeling.

64 CRITICAL HABITATS Breeding areas Breeding areas Feeding areas Feeding areas Cover Cover Shelter Shelter Space for growth Space for growth

65 PESTICIDE LIMITATIONS Application restricted in critical habitat of endangered species Application restricted in critical habitat of endangered species Pesticides may harm the endangered species directly or indirectly. Pesticides may harm the endangered species directly or indirectly.

66 CERTIFIED APPLICATOR’S ROLE Protect endangered species. Protect endangered species. Protect food for endangered species. Protect food for endangered species. Prevent pesticide drift, runoff, and leachate that can contaminate food/water sources. Prevent pesticide drift, runoff, and leachate that can contaminate food/water sources. Pesticides can build up in endangered species that feed on plants and animals exposed to pesticides. Pesticides can build up in endangered species that feed on plants and animals exposed to pesticides.

67 Pesticide Formulations Pesticide active ingredients are often available in several different formulations. Pesticide active ingredients are often available in several different formulations. Before you buy a pesticide, consider which formulation is best suited for your needs. Before you buy a pesticide, consider which formulation is best suited for your needs.

68 Advantages of Emulsifiable Concentrate Easy to transport, handle and store Easy to transport, handle and store Little agitation required Little agitation required Not abrasive Not abrasive Does not plug screens and nozzles Does not plug screens and nozzles Little visible residue Little visible residue

69 EC disadvantages Easy to under dose or overdose due to calibration errors Easy to under dose or overdose due to calibration errors May harm plants May harm plants Absorbed through skin Absorbed through skin May deteriorate rubber and plastic May deteriorate rubber and plastic May pit painted surfaces May pit painted surfaces May be flammable or corrosive May be flammable or corrosive

70 Pesticide Formulated as Solutions Advantages Advantages Agitation not required Agitation not required Can be used with nearly any type of sprayer Can be used with nearly any type of sprayer Disadvantages: solutions more likely to move offsite in water Disadvantages: solutions more likely to move offsite in water

71 RTU - Ready to use Advantages Advantages No mixing required No mixing required Low concentration of active ingredient reduces risks Low concentration of active ingredient reduces risks Easy disposal Easy disposal Disadvantage: very expensive way to purchase pesticide. Disadvantage: very expensive way to purchase pesticide.

72 Dry Formulations Dust Dust Granular Granular Wettable powder Wettable powder Dry flowable Dry flowable Water dispersible granules Water dispersible granules

73 Dusts ADVANTAGES ADVANTAGES Ready to use Ready to use Less likely to damage plants Less likely to damage plants Simple application equipment Simple application equipment DISADVANTAGES May move off target Do not stick to surfaces as well as liquids Difficult to distribute evenly May irritate eyes, nose, throat and skin

74 WP Wettable Powders ADVANTAGES Less likely to harm plants, animals and surfaces than EC Less likely to harm plants, animals and surfaces than EC Higher concentrations of pesticide and can be mixed with water Higher concentrations of pesticide and can be mixed with water DISADVANTAGES  Require constant agitation  Abrasive to pumps/nozzles  May clog nozzles  Leave a visible deposit  Inhalation risk when mixing

75 Mixing and Loading Always hold the pesticide container below face level when pouring Always hold the pesticide container below face level when pouring Wear goggles or face shield and bib top apron when mixing concentrated pesticides Wear goggles or face shield and bib top apron when mixing concentrated pesticides Cut paper or cardboard containers open with a knife instead of tearing them Cut paper or cardboard containers open with a knife instead of tearing them Mixing and loading operations pose the greatest risk of pesticide exposure Mixing and loading operations pose the greatest risk of pesticide exposure

76 Empty Containers Rinseable containers should be triple rinsed Rinseable containers should be triple rinsed Let the container drain into the spray tank for 30 sec Let the container drain into the spray tank for 30 sec Fill the container ¼ full of water Fill the container ¼ full of water Upend, shake and pour rinse into the tank Upend, shake and pour rinse into the tank Repeat this process Repeat this process The container can now be disposed of at a land fill unless otherwise stated in the labeling The container can now be disposed of at a land fill unless otherwise stated in the labeling

77 Pesticide Exposure Oral Oral Inhalation Inhalation Ocular Ocular Dermal Dermal

78 Pesticides in mouth or swallowed Rinse mouth with water. Rinse mouth with water. Call 911 for life-threatening conditions. Call 911 for life-threatening conditions. Call Poison Control ( ). Call Poison Control ( ). Drink large amounts of milk or water. Drink large amounts of milk or water. Do not give drinks to anyone that is not conscious Do not give drinks to anyone that is not conscious Do not induce vomiting unless directed by Poison Control or the pesticide label. Do not induce vomiting unless directed by Poison Control or the pesticide label. NEVER put pesticide in any container intended for food or drink NEVER put pesticide in any container intended for food or drink

79 Inhaled Pesticide Move victim to fresh air Move victim to fresh air Call 911 for life-threatening situations Call 911 for life-threatening situations Loosen tight clothing Loosen tight clothing Evacuate area if necessary Evacuate area if necessary Seek medical attention Seek medical attention

80 Pesticides in eyes Remove contact lenses. Remove contact lenses. Rinse eyes quickly and gently with clean water 15 minutes or more. Rinse eyes quickly and gently with clean water 15 minutes or more. Seek medical attention. Seek medical attention.

81 Pesticide on skin Rinse pesticide from skin as soon as possible Rinse pesticide from skin as soon as possible Call 911 for life threatening conditions Call 911 for life threatening conditions Keep victim warm and dry until ambulance arrives. Keep victim warm and dry until ambulance arrives. Remove PPE and wash skin with soap and water. Remove PPE and wash skin with soap and water. Do not apply ointments to burned areas. Do not apply ointments to burned areas. Most skin exposures are to the hands and forearms. Wear gloves and long sleeve shirts. Wash gloves and boots before you take them off. Most skin exposures are to the hands and forearms. Wear gloves and long sleeve shirts. Wash gloves and boots before you take them off.

82 Heat Stress Pesticides don’t cause heat stress, but protective clothing may cause the body to overheat. Pesticides don’t cause heat stress, but protective clothing may cause the body to overheat. Heat stress symptoms include: Heat stress symptoms include: Fatigue Fatigue Exhaustion Exhaustion Headache, nausea Headache, nausea Dizziness, fainting Dizziness, fainting Severe thirst Severe thirst Heavy sweating or no sweating Heavy sweating or no sweating Confusion, slurred speech Confusion, slurred speech

83 First aid for heat stress Call 911 for life-threatening conditions. Call 911 for life-threatening conditions. Cool victim as rapidly as possible. Cool victim as rapidly as possible. Move victim into shade. Move victim into shade. Drench victim with cool water. Drench victim with cool water. Remove PPE. Remove PPE. Offer cool water or soft drinks. Offer cool water or soft drinks. NEVER force liquids on a semi-conscious or unconscious victim. NEVER force liquids on a semi-conscious or unconscious victim.

84 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Long sleeve shirt Long sleeve shirt Long legged pants Long legged pants Coveralls Coveralls Chemical resistant apron Chemical resistant apron Chemical resistant suit Chemical resistant suit Liquid proof suit Liquid proof suit Water proof gloves Water proof gloves Chemical resistant gloves Chemical resistant gloves Shoes Shoes Chemical resistant foot ware Chemical resistant foot ware Chemical resistant boots Chemical resistant boots Chemical resistant hood Wide brimmed hat Protective eye wear Goggles Dust /mist filtering respirator Cartridge respirator Canister respirator Self contained breathing apparatus Pesticide labeling may require:

85 PPE Water or chemical resistant rubber gloves and boots are best Water or chemical resistant rubber gloves and boots are best Don’t use cotton or other absorbent material gloves Don’t use cotton or other absorbent material gloves Don’t use leather footwear or tennis shoes Don’t use leather footwear or tennis shoes Follow the label for PPE requirements Follow the label for PPE requirements

86 Considerations Does the applicator understand the pesticide labeling? Does the applicator understand the pesticide labeling? Is the applicator wearing the PPE required by the labeling? Is the applicator wearing the PPE required by the labeling? Is the application equipment ready and safe? Is the application equipment ready and safe? Is the applicator prepared for emergencies? Is the applicator prepared for emergencies? Has the supervisor given proper instructions to the applicator? Has the supervisor given proper instructions to the applicator?

87 Basic spill cleanup kit PPE required by pesticide labeling PPE required by pesticide labeling Broom Broom Shovel Shovel Absorbent material – e.g., cat litter Absorbent material – e.g., cat litter Buckets or heavy-duty plastic bags Buckets or heavy-duty plastic bags

88 Interacting with the Public Applicators are the face of the business or agency. Applicators are the face of the business or agency. Look and act professional. Look and act professional. Know the pesticide names and why they are used. Know the pesticide names and why they are used. Wear PPE according to the labeling. Wear PPE according to the labeling. Be prepared for emergencies. Be prepared for emergencies. Train applicators how to respond. Train applicators how to respond. Handouts Handouts Refer to supervisor Refer to supervisor

89 Interacting with the Public Never dismiss concerns. Never dismiss concerns. Always tell the truth. Always tell the truth. Don’t get into an argument. Don’t get into an argument. We only use pesticides approved for this use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. We only use pesticides approved for this use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. We always follow the label. We always follow the label. The EPA says that pesticides do not pose unreasonable risks if they are applied according to the label The EPA says that pesticides do not pose unreasonable risks if they are applied according to the label

90 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for federal regulation of pesticides. The Georgia Department of Agriculture regulates pesticides in Georgia.

91 UGA Cooperative Extension GA CLEAN DAY Georgia Dept. of Agriculture Helps farmers dispose of pesticide wastes. Helps farmers dispose of pesticide wastes. Program is free to farmers. Program is free to farmers. More than 1 million pounds have been collected. More than 1 million pounds have been collected.


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