Woman Arrested for Selling Unregistered Pesticides She Claimed Guarded Against COVID-19

As the global pandemic spreads throughout the world, many sellers are capitalizing on buyer’s fear and paranoia about becoming infected.

In late May, a Georgia woman was arrested for selling a home-made fungicide marketed to “[reduce] the risks and probability of infection and transmission.”

Her product, called the Toamit Virus Shut Out, was sold through eBay. She told buyers to wear the small box around their neck, and she claimed it could extract virus particles from the air, creating a barrier around the wearer.

Food Safety News reports that its main ingredient was ClO2. Chlorine Dioxide is used for bleaching wood pulp and has also been used to disinfect the air in public buildings.

Wikipedia says the compound was deployed following Hurricane Katrina to help houses get rid of mold. It also was used in post offices following the 2001 anthrax attacks.

34-year-old Rong Sun has pleaded guilty to violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and will be sentenced in late June.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, Sun’s crime could carry a penalty of up to one year in jail and or a $50,000 fine.

“Registration under FIFRA helps ensure that pesticides sold in the U.S. work and are safe for humans. The trafficking in snake-oil remedies outside of FIFRA is a criminal act and anyone who does so, especially during this pandemic, will find federal law enforcement ready to stop them,” said Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.  “The U.S. Department of Justice will not stand by while criminal conduct risks people’s health and safety.”

The compound Sun was selling has strict exposure limits and is only permissible in doses of 0.1 ppm over the course of eight hours. It can be toxic if used improperly.


 

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Texas Applicators May Take All of Their CE Online

The Texas Department of Agriculture is allowing applicators to complete all of their continuing education online.
The in-person class requirement has been lifted the foreseable future so applicators can comply with COVID-19 quarantine. 

What does the change mean for you?
Structural and agricultural applicators may complete all continuing education online RIGHT NOW. Even  if you completed online continuing education last year.


TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR DOWNTIME BY COMPLETING ALL OF YOUR CONTINUING EDUCATION ONLINE!

Agricultural Applicators

Commercial & NonCommercial
Must complete 5 CEU

Private Applicators
Must complete 15 CEU

Structural Applicators

Must complete 2 CEUs in general training & 1 CEU in each certified category.

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Maryland Applicators That Renew In June May Take All Their CE Online

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is allowing all applicators that renew on June 30th to complete all of their continuing education online - even if they completed online education during previous cycles. The Department of Agriculture has temporarily dropped classroom requirements to help applicators comply with COVID-19 quarantines.

Certified Training Institute offers online video continuing education that has been approved by the Maryland Department of Agriculture for pesticide applicator renewal. Whether you need a complete package or a few individual credits to finish your education, we have you covered.

8 Credit Bundles Are Available in: Agricultural Plant, Ornamental Exterior, Ornamental Interior, Industrial General Pest, Industrial Wildlife Control, Industrial Rodent Control, Public Health Pest Control, & Turf

6 Credit Bundles Are Available In: Right-of-Way

4 Credit Bundle Available In: Seed Treatment


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National Pesticide Safety Education Month!

February is National Pesticide Safety Education Month! We're celebrating by providing a free Safety Compliance Suite with every purchase of the Worker Protection Standard.

What is the Worker Protection Standard?

The Worker Protection Standard is an EPA required program designed to

  • Inform - All employers must provide EPA approved pesticide training for workers and handlers. Employers must also provide access to specific information including: applications on the establishment, safety data sheets for pesticides applied on establishment, and display a poster with pesticide safety and emergency information.
  • Protect - Employers must keep workers and others out of areas where pesticides are being applied and away from equipment during applications. Handlers must stop application if workers or others are near equipment during applications. Workers must stay out of areas that are under a restricted-entry interval (REI). All early-entry workers on the job in pesticide-treated areas during REI must be trained in the correct usage of personal protective equipment. Any handlers using highly toxic pesticides must be monitored. Personal protective equipment must be provided and monitored by employers.
  • Mitigate - The Worker Protection Standard course will train handlers and workers on supply decontamination and emergency assistance including transportation in the case of a pesticide-related accident.

How do I comply with the Worker Protection Standard?

You must provide EPA-approved training for all of your workers and handlers before the first application of the year. You can complete WPS training for all of your employees using an EPA-approved video course.

Certified Training Institute's program comes in English and Spanish and complies with all EPA requirements. The package also presents, tracks and organizes all worker training and documentation.

Upon completion of the video course, employers must also provide access to specific information including:

  • Applications on the establishment
  • Safety data sheets for pesticides applied
  • Poster displays with pesticide safety and emergency information

The online video course breaks down how to do it all. This program makes WPS compliance easy and straightforward. No more worrying about scheduling training, organizing logistics, or tracking records and paperwork, this system does it all. For more information on how you can train your employees, click here.

What is the Safety Compliance Suite?

According to OSHA, employers have a responsibility to "provide safety training to workers in a language and vocabulary they can understand." This includes training for any hazards your employees may face. Providing this training protects your company from liability if there is an on-the-job injury.

Certified Training Institute's Safety Compliance Suite is a collection of seven short pesticide safety videos designed to meet OSHA safety requirements. This program provides a way for business owners to train all their staff at once and keep track of who has completed training in an easy-to-use online format.  While the suite provides a plethora of information, your employees may need additional training to be OSHA compliant - we will be adding new courses on a regular basis to better meet your safety needs.

The Safety Compliance Suite is normally $99 but will be included for free with every Worker Protection Standard purchase during February.


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Cage Trap vs. Live Traps

Sometimes vertebrates make themselves at home where we really wish they wouldn’t! Over the month of January, we’ll be looking at options for managing the vertebrate wildlife that makes itself at home where it’s not welcome.

Cage Traps vs. Live Traps: What’s the difference?

The first step to managing your new vertebrate guest is to choose the right equipment. When the average homeowner says “live trap” they’re usually referring to a cage trap. As professionals, we know that a cage trap is a live trap, but not all live traps are cage traps. We asked our expert Stephen Vantassel to fill us in on the different types of live traps, the various styles of cage traps, and what to look for when purchasing your equipment.

The following video is a snippet from our Cage Trapping Techniques Course. Find this and other video continuing education courses at www.certifiedtraininginstitute.com/pesticide

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Calling All Certified Crop Advisers!

Certified Training Institute is currently seeking instructors for our Certified Crop Adviser curriculum. This is a great opportunity to share your expertise with the more than 13,000 certified crop advisers across the United State, Mexico, and Canada.

Training topics needed include nutrient management, soil and water management, and crop management.

Certified Training Institute offers a competitive compensation program. For more information please contact Sarah Racine at 800-727-7104 or sarah@onlinecti.com.

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Wyoming Pesticide Applicator Commercial Renewal

When is my Wyoming commercial pesticide applicator license due for recertification?

Commercial licenses must be renewed every three years on January 31st.

Do I have to complete continuing education to recertify my Wyoming pesticide applicator license?

You may complete 24-hours of continuing education or retake the exam. If you retake the exam you must pass with a score of 70% or higher - Study ahead of time with online exam prep!

Do I have to pay a recertification fee?

Yes, commercial applicators must pay a $25 fee to recertify.

How do I recertify my Wyoming commercial applicator license?

  1. Complete 24-hours of approved continuing education or retake the licensing exam
  2. The WDA sends out renewal notices to expiring licensees in November. This notice must be signed and returned to the state with the $25 renewal fee.

Where can I find courses to recertify my Wyoming commercial applicator license?

Certified Training Institute offers online Wyoming approved HD video recertifiation courses. All courses are available 24/7 so you can start and stop at your convenience.

Who submits my continuing education to the state?

Upon completion of your course(s), Certified Training Institute will submit your continuing education courses to the state for you.


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State-approved video continuing education courses are available 24/7.

 

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Washington Pesticide Applicator Renewal FAQ

How do I renew my Washington pesticide applicator certification?

  1. Complete the required continuing education
    • Limited Private Applicators - 8 credits in weed control
    • Rancher Private Applicators - 12 credits
    • Private Applicators - 20 credits - max 10 credits per calendar year
    • All other license types - 40 credits - max 15 credits per calendar year
  2. Visit the Washington State Department of Agricultural License Renewal page.

How long is my Washington pesticide applicator certification valid?

All applicators must re-certify every five years by December 31st.

Limited & Rancher Private Applicators begin their renewal cycles as soon as they gain licensure. For example, individuals certified 2/3/14 must renew by 12/31/18
All other certification types begin their renewal cycles the year after they gain certification. For example, individuals certified 2/3/14 must renew by 12/31/19.

What are the continuing education requirements for Washington pesticide applicators?

  • Limited Private Applicators - 8 credits in weed control
  • Rancher Private Applicators - 12 credits
  • Private Applicators - 20 credits - max 10 credits per calendar year
  • All other license types - 40 credits - max 15 credits per calendar year

Where can I find Washington-approved pesticide applicator continuing education courses?

Certified Training Institute provides online continuing education approved by the Texas Department of Agriculture

Who submits my Washington pesticide applicator continuing education?

Upon completion of your course(s), Certified Training Institute will submit your completed credits to the state for you.

 


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Texas Pest Control Applicator – December 2019 CE Deadline

How do I renew my Texas pest control certification?

  1. Complete the required continuing education
  2. TDA will send out renewal forms 45 days prior to renewal.

How long is my Texas pest control certification valid?

One year. Your certification expires when your employer's business license expires. You must complete continuing education by December 31st the year previous to expiration. For example, if your certification expires April 2021, you must complete continuing education by December 31st, 2020.

What are the continuing education requirements for Texas pest control professionals?

Certified applicators must complete 2 credits in general training and 1 credit in each category in which the applicator is certified. Of the 2 general training units required for recertification, at least 1 must be in federal & state laws, pesticide safety, environmental protection, or integrated pest management. The other may be in any general topic.
You may complete your continuing education online every other year.

Where can I find Texas-approved pest control continuing education courses?

Certified Training Institute provides online continuing education approved by the Texas Department of Agriculture

Who submits my Texas pest control continuing education?

Upon completion of your course(s), Certified Training Institute will submit your completed credits to the state for you.

Is there a grace period for renewing my Texas pest control certification?

Applicators who fail to renew their license by their expiration date will incur a late fee.

  • 90 days or less – Licenses that are overdue 90 days or less will incur a 50% late fee.
  • 90 days or more – Licenses that are overdue 100 days or more will incur a late fee of 100% the renewal fee.

 


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