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EPA Revises Certification Standards for Pesticide Applicators
EPA recently finalized certification standards for pesticide applicators intended to reduce the likelihood of harm to workers and their families from the misapplication of toxic pesticides. The revised certification standards affect those who apply restricted-use pesticides that are not available for purchase by the general public and require special handling. Major changes to the agency’s certification and training rule include enhanced applicator competency standards for restricted-use pesticides; a nationwide minimum age of 18 for certified applicators and those working under their direct supervision; a maximum recertification interval of five years for commercial and private applicators; and specialized certifications for workers using specific application methods such as fumigation and aerial application. EPA’s revisions also establish protection for noncertified applicators by requiring training before they can use restricted-use pesticides and clarify requirements for states, tribes, and federal agencies to administer their own certification programs. Those working under the supervision of certified applicators will also receive training to protect their families from take-home pesticide exposure under the new requirements. Learn more on the EPA
website
.
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Editors' note:
A regulatory freeze issued January 20 potentially affects several regulations related to occupational and environmental health and safety. See the
AIHA website
for more information.

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