PACT 2021

PACT 2021

Pesticide Applicator Certification & Training Meeting

July 19th-21st, 2021

at the Sheraton Denver Downtown

The goal of the PACT meeting is to provide State Lead Agencies (SLAs) and Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) staff and other stakeholders with the most up-to-date regulatory information to support implementation and compliance assistance. It is anticipated that the information presented and networking opportunities during PACT meetings will result in improved implementation of Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule (40CFR171) and the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Revision (40 CFR170) by state and tribal pesticide programs. In addition, sessions will be designed to bring non-traditional and traditional stakeholders together in order to understand the roles that each stakeholder holds in pesticide safety, discuss WPS and C&T rule challenges from differing perspectives and engage in dialogue to find common ground and solutions. Agenda sessions will include time dedicated to PACT-related work groups (Focused Discussions) which will facilitate the continued exchange of information and establish more coordinated efforts to meet the desired goals in the months following the PACT meeting.

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Updated Health & Safety Protocols for In-person Participants

Updated Health & Safety Protocols for In-person Participants

This project has been funded wholly and in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under an assistance agreement to Michigan State University. Under this agreement participants and organizers are expected to follow the health and safety guidelines stated by the conference facility (Sheraton Downtown Denver) as well as Michigan State University.

As of July 1st,  following the guidance of Michigan State University, MDDHS and the CDC, MSU has eliminated the previous restrictions requiring participants to wear face masks, social distance and follow reduced capacity limits. While face masks and social distancing are not required at MSU sponsored events, please understand that participants may choose to still wear face masks and/or social distance as a personal choice. Please refrain from asking others about their vaccination status and respect people’s individual choices regarding face masks, social distancing and vaccination choice while attending an MSU sponsored event. The Sheraton Downtown Denver has and will continue to follow all local and state mandated orders related to COVID-19. At this time masks are not required to be worn by hotel guests and conference attendees. Sheraton staff members who are not yet vaccinated are required to wear masks and social distancing is encouraged but not required. MSU asks that you continue to remain cautious and act in the best interest of your colleagues and program participants. Please note that conference rooms where possible, will be set to allow social distancing for those who choose to do so. The Sheraton continues to engage in a number of practices to keep guests safe including extra sanitizing protocols. Please visit the Marriott Commitment to clean website found here for more information

These basic pandemic protocols continue to be good practices:

  • Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer at common touch points. Consider asking colleagues for permission before engaging in handshakes or close physical contact.
  • Do not travel or participate in programming if you are sick.
  • If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status, stay home for 10 days.

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement X8-83927401 to Michigan State University.

Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) and the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) are sub awardees on the grant