The final revisions to the Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule became effective March 6, 2017. However, states have until March 6, 2020 to submit their new compliance plans to EPA by March 6, 2020.
EPA list the following major benefits to the Certification and Training rule changes:
Enhances applicator competency standards to ensure that RUPs are used safely.
Establishes a nation-wide minimum age for certified applicators and persons working under their direct supervision.
Establishes a maximum recertification interval of 5 years for commercial and private applicators.
Requires specialized certifications for people using specific application methods (fumigation and aerial).
Provides expanded options for establishing certification programs in Indian Country that acknowledge tribal sovereignty.
Establishes protection for noncertified applicators by requiring training before they can use RUPs (under the direct supervision of a certified applicator). Noncertified applicators have to complete the training outlined in the rule, complete Worker Protection Standard handler training, or complete a program approved by the state.
Below is a list of helpful links that can provide additional C&T information. Please contact us if you have a scientifically backed link you would like to share. We will review the material and consider adding it to our list. Thank you.
National Pesticide Safety Education Center
PO Box 1391
Okemos, MI 48805, USA
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