Earlier this week, PSEP Coordinators were provided with two tools for communication between PSEP programs only. If you are a PSEP coordinator and you did not receive this information, please contact Aaron Weibe at firstname.lastname@example.org
We recognize that every PSEP Program is unique. If you are PSEP Coordinator and you would like to have other Extension Pesticide Safety Education professionals within your organization that you feel would benefit from being included in these tools, please let us know.
NPSEC Takes Home Most Fundable Project Award at eXtension’s Impact Collaborative Summit
Indianapolis, IN. A NPSEC team comprised of staff and PSEP coordinators that are members of the Respirator Collaboration Team participated in eXtension’s Impact Collaborative Summit in Indianapolis from October 16th – 18th. The purpose of the Summit was for institutional and national Extension teams to bring projects and programs from various topic areas to find new and innovative ways to move their projects and programs forward with the help of the Impact Collaborative Innovation process, Key Informants, and partner/supporting organizations. 32 teams representing 40 institutions attended.
Working from where they left off at the 2018 National Pesticide Applicator Certification and Safety Education Workshop in San Antonio this past August, the NPSEC Team focused on finding innovative ways to get Collaboration Teams off the ground. The three-day event culminated in a PitchFest, where the team presented their project idea to eXtension and Cooperative Extension leaders, along with external partner and supporting organizations.
As a result of the PitchFest, the NPSEC team won an award in the Most Fundable Project or Program category that has earned the team recognition and a strategic partnership with the eXtension Partner Development Team. The goal is to raise $20,000 for each of NPSEC’s five identified collaboration teams.
The NPSEC team was comprised of the following individuals:
Candace Bartholomew, University of Connecticut Mike Wierda, Utah State University Kerry Richards, University of Delaware Courtney Weatherbee, Michigan State University Dean Herzfeld, University of Minnesota Wayne Buhler, North Carolina State University
News Release on updated USDA IPM Roadmap to guide adoption of IPM
The original press release comes from the USDA. You can find a copy of that full release and contact information here.
A primary goal of the National IPM Road Map is to increase adoption and efficiency of effective, economical and safe pest management practices through information exchange and coordination among federal and non-federal researchers, educators, technology innovators and IPM practitioners, including pesticide applicators and other service providers. Pesticide safety education that teaches pesticide applicators sound safety and stewardship practices in the safe and efficacious use of pesticides is an important component of IPM programming across focus areas…
A copy of the release is also available on the NPSEC site here.
NEW NPSEC STORE PRODUCTS!
The NPSEC Store is a good place to find EPA-approved materials with expanded 2015 WPS content. This is where you can order NPSEC, PERC, WPS, and state-specific products. For PERC products, PSEPs get a 5% discount if they purchase the products using the code we mailed you at checkout. We track all PERC sales by state and send 5% of all net sales in a particular state or territory back to the PSEP as a gift.
National Worker Protection Standard: A Manual for Trainers
Available in English and Spanish!
These EPA-approved manuals (English: EPA 730-B-16-001; Spanish: EPA 730-K-17-001)) begin with an introduction to pesticides and pesticide safety, including the federal pesticide regulations. They discusses each of the specific points that must be included in WPS training sessions and contains valuable information to help trainers prepare for and conduct pesticide safety training.
How to Comply With the 2015 Revised Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides
This EPA-approved manual will help users of agricultural pesticides comply with the requirements of the 2015 revised federal Worker Protection Standard. You should read this manual if you employ agricultural workers or handlers, are involved in the production of agricultural plants as an owner/manager of an agricultural establishment or a commercial (for-hire) pesticide handling establishment, or work as a crop advisor.
WPS Respiratory Protection Guide: Requirements for Employers of Pesticide Handlers
Under the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) as revised in 2015, there are new requirements for pesticide handlers when pesticide labels require the use of a respirator. This 45-page guide includes step-by-step fit-testing procedures, respirator selection guidance, medical evaluation options, and some frequently asked questions.
These WPS training videos for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers apply to many sectors because they include footage and examples from orchards, forestry, nurseries, greenhouses, vineyards, and row crops.
Web-Based Training for Trainers of Agricultural Workers and Pesticide Handlers
Online training course!
This web-based course is EPA-approved, including 12 self-paced learning modules. The course provides the required information for trainers who will perform annual training for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers under the U.S. EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS). It will guide you through the necessary procedures to provide effective training about pesticide safety topics.