What is WPS and Why is it Important to Pennsylvania?

What does "WPS" mean?

WPS stands for Worker Protection Standard. Enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency, the WPS protects the health and safety of agricultural workers. The goal of WPS is to reduce injury and health risks for people who work with pesticides.

What is the Worker Protection Standard?

WPS requires employers to provide pesticide training that covers the following topics:

  • Pesticide product safety
    • Reading labels
    • Following directions
  • Pesticide application
    • Best health practices during application
    • Restricted Entry Intervals training
    • Posting signage to protect workers from entering areas that have been recently sprayed
  • Use of protective equipment
  • Pesticide handling
  • Decontamination practices

Who needs to comply with the WPS? 

  • Employers at Agricultural or commercial business that handle pesticides, including farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses.
  • Employers at Agricultural or commercial business with agricultural workers who work in places sprayed with pesticides within the last 30 days or have high-contact agricultural tasks like weeding, moving irrigation equipment, pruning, and harvesting.

What must I do to comply with the WPS?

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 happens if I do not comply with WPS?

Worker Protection Standard enforcement has not been widely advertised, however, the repercussions are steep and costly. Training your staff before a problem occurs is a preventative measure that will help you avoid costly lawsuits, medical bills, fines, and save your business’s reputation. Check out this 2 part article for more information "What happens if I don't comply with WPS?"  A farm in Hawaii found out the hard way and was fined a $26,700 penalty for non-compliance.  Don't let this be you!

Do You Employ Workers and Handlers? 

Visit www.wpstraining.us for online, EPA approved, video Worker Protection Standard training programs in English and Spanish.


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Hawaiian Farm Pays $550,000 For Failure to Comply with Worker Protection Standards (WPS)

A Hawaiian Farm is accused of using a pesticide known as Lorsban Advanced incorrectly and failing to notify workers to avoid the field. Furthermore, the farm allegedly allowed and directed workers to enter the treated fields before an adequate amount of time had passed, without protective gear or access to decontamination supplies.

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture began an initial investigation in January of 2016 and deferred the case to the EPA for enforcement later that year. The EPA determined that the farm was in clear violation of the FIFRA Worker Protection Standard Regulations. In February of 2018 the farm reached an agreement with the EPA to pay $400,000 on eleven WPS training sessions and a $150,000 civil penalty.

Not only will the farm be required to provide $400,000 worth of Worker Protection Standard Trainings, but they must also develop compliance kits in 4 languages to accommodate the diverse populations of Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands where the company has commercial farms.

Worker Protection Standard enforcement has not been widely advertised, however, as seen above, repercussions are steep and costly. Training your staff before a problem occurs is a preventative measure that will help you avoid costly lawsuits, medical bills, fines, and save your business’s reputation.

Do You Employ Workers and Handlers? 

Visit www.wpstraining.us for online, EPA approved, video Worker Protection Standard training programs in English and Spanish.


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Who Needs WPS Training?

What Happens if I don't Comply?

$26,700 Penalty For Failure to Meet Worker Protection Standard Requirements

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Montana Pesticide Manufacturer Expanding Product Line

LAM International is growing. The company, based out of Butte, Montana, will expand production capacity and creating a new product, BoteGHA, which will control pests like whiteflies, aphids and thrips. It will be used on fruits, nuts, vegetables and other things. LAM International is building out its solid fermentation production. They are streamlining the production process and making it more automated.

In an email to the Montana Standard, a representative from the company said that there may be job openings for operators in the facility.

Their new product is made from fungi called beauverie bassiana GHA. It’s nontoxic and kills pests that land on surfaces, causing germination within the organism’s body and killing them from the inside. The product is safe for handlers as well as the general environment and other organisms. Its restricted entry interval (REI) is four hours.

LAM International manufactures and develops biopesticides and sells them to countries worldwide. It’s one of the most prominent biocide makers in the U.S.A. BoteGHA will be the company’s fifth insecticide.

To stay up to date in the pesticide industry, make sure you are ahead of your education requirements.

The Montana deadline for renewal is December 31st. Certified applicators must earn 12 hours of continuing education per category, and qualifying applicators but earn 6 hours.

To learn more, click here.


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The Emerald Ash Borer, Beauty or Beast?

This iridescent metallic green beauty was first discovered in the Detroit area in 2002. Wooden packing materials are suspected to have been his preferred mode of transportation. The fact that they are smaller than a dime made it easy for them to hide within the wood products used to protect goods shipped overseas from China.

The Emerald Ash Borer has proven to be disastrous to Ash tree populations in the US and Canada. Despite their small stature (typically ½ inch long and 1/8 inch wide), they are quite capable of destroying ash trees thousands of times larger.

Adult females lay their eggs shortly after emerging in mid-to-late July, earlier if the weather becomes unseasonably warm. The eggs are extremely small (about 1/25th of an inch), reddish-brown in color and further develop into white larvae which are segmented and flat-headed. The larvae bore into the Ash trees, feeding under the bark and disrupting the tree's ability to transport the necessary water and nutrients throughout. You’ll often find their tracks visible underneath the bark of an affected tree. When this happens, the tree dies back and its bark begins to split.

It is estimated that tens of millions of Ash trees have been destroyed throughout the USA and Canada. Michigan alone has lost an estimated 40 million trees. The symptoms of the EAB are: thinning or dying of ash tree crowns, suckers at the base of the tree, splitting bark, tunneling under the bark, D-shaped exit holes, and woodpecker activity. Young trees die within one to two years after infestation and larger ones can live up to four years.

If you should notice symptoms of EAB infestation you should:

  • Call the USDA Emerald Ash Borer Hotline at 1-866-322-4512
  • Contact your local Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (find contact info at USDA’s website HERE)
  • Buy your firewood from local sources and burn it where you buy it.
  • DO NOT move firewood from your property or across state lines.
  • Always buy kiln dried firewood.
  • Burn your leftover firewood before spring to eliminate the chance of infecting nearby live trees.

Want to find out if the Emerald Ash Borer has been spotted in your area?  Visit http://emeraldashborer.info/ to view a current list of confirmed sightings.

Source:
The Arbor Day Foundation https://www.arborday.org/
image: By Benjamin Smith from United States (Agrilus planipennis - Emerald Ash Borer)
Emerald Ash Borer Information Network  http://emeraldashborer.info/


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Michigan’s Skilled Trades Crisis

Plumbers, electricians, pipefitters, roofers, carpenters, ironworkers, glaziers and other skilled tradespeople are in high demand and short supply in Michigan. Shortages of unskilled workers are also on the rise.

 

Michigan isn’t the only state affected by a lack of skilled trades workers. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to fill vacant skilled labor positions throughout the entire United States.

 

A large part of the workforce problem stems from negative perceptions. Young people tend to view these professions as arduous and lacking opportunity for advancement.  High school students are encouraged to forego shop class in exchange for computer science and information technology. The elimination of vocational training in high school has played a major part in the reduction of skilled trades workers everywhere.

 

Help is on the horizon as Governor Rick Snyders “Marshall Plan for Talent” was announced in February 2018.  His plan is to spend more than $100 million over five years to reconstruct the way Michigan prepares its young people for the workforce.  Funding assistance programs are available through various agencies as Michigan Works, Veterans Administration, and American Indian Tribes. The Builders License Training Institute (a division of Certified Training Institute) is currently offering a nationwide scholarship program for Students and Veterans interested in becoming licensed in the building trades.

 

There are thousands of job openings across various industries just waiting to be filled. Such trades can prove to be quite lucrative with a median wage of more than $20 per hour.  The demand for workers continues to rise, older tradesmen are reaching retirement. If you’re looking for a long-term career, you might want to consider becoming skilled in one or two of the aforementioned trades.  If you are already established as a tradesperson, encourage the young men and women you know to become licensed. Certified Training Institute offers online Exam Prep for a variety of trades, including Michigan Plumbers and Builders. Whether you want to become licensed or maintain your license, you’ll find it on their website.

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US Marine Corps Veteran Zachary Gage Naslund Receives Builders License Scholarship

Congratulations US Marine Corps Veteran Scholarship Recipient, Zachary Gage Naslund of Plymouth, Minnesota!

Zachary served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantryman and received many awards and decorations, including a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, and a Global War on Terrorism Medal.

Before working construction, he logged many hours working for Habitat for Humanity. He built homes in the remote villages of Africa where he also performed an Eagle Scout project to build schools for villages that did not have enough funding to build them on their own.

Naslund stated in his scholarship application “I have always brought my knowledge on how to build to the people who need it most. I believe with this scholarship, I will be able to afford to take my state licensing exam and be able to use my license in a productive way to help others around me”

Builders License Training Institute is dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals interested in obtaining a Builder or Contractor license nationwide. We provide scholarship opportunities for Veterans and Students interested in Prelicensure Courses or Exam Prep.

If you or someone you know would make a good candidate for our scholarship program please download the appropriate link from our Financial Aid & Scholarships page to get started!

Congratulations Zach, we're proud to offer you this opportunity to build a better tomorrow!

 

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Nationwide Instructor Opportunity

Certified Training Institute is looking for new instructors for our online trade license and certification school. If you have a training course that fills an industry need or a licensing/certification requirement, we want to hear from you! Online training is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with more individuals and businesses choosing courses that will fit around their busy schedules. CTI has the experience necessary to translate your training to the digital world.  Our production team has a specialized sound-proof studio for filming your training material and state of the art editing technology to make your course look world class. Plus, you will have access to our marketing team that specializes in getting your course in front of all the people who need the training.

Certified Training Institute is a proven leader in online license and certification training. Our school has been providing trades classes since 1999 and currently offers nationwide HD video courses for contractors, architects, real estate salespeople and brokers, plumbers, engineers and agricultural workers. All of our courses are created by industry leaders and tailored to the specific needs of the licensees. From pre-license and exam prep training to help folks start their careers to interesting, modern continuing education or business development programs for established trade professionals. We have the courses for every stage of a person’s career.

As an instructor for our school, you will gain national recognition as an expert in your field, as well as, a new consistent revenue stream that can last for years or even decades. Many of our instructors began teaching their certification class in hotels, community colleges or VFW halls and now their courses are available nationwide at the click of a button. Don’t let this once in a lifetime opportunity pass you by!

CLICK HERE to learn more!

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CTI Seeks HAZWOPER Instructor

Certified Training Institute is looking for a Hazardous Materials Disposal expert to launch our new online HAZWOPER training course. Online training is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with more individuals and businesses choosing courses that will fit around their busy schedules. This is a significant opportunity for a talented training instructor. It is not a full-time position, but a project-based program that can be completed in parallel with your current career.

The qualified candidate will have an extensive knowledge of OSHA/EPA HAZWOPER regulations and their practical applications. Strong communication skills are a must. Prior teaching/presentational experience and/or OSHA Training Certification is recommended. All of our instructors are responsible for creating their own course content. Because of this, all applications must include a cover letter that describes the course you can teach. NO CANDIDATE WILL BE CONSIDERED WITHOUT A COVER LETTER.

Qualified instructors will have experience training:

  • Cleanup Operations
  • EPA & OSHA HAZWOPER Requirements
  • TSD & Non-TSD facilities
  • Corrective Actions Covered By RCRA
  • Operations
  • Emergency Response

Instructors are expected to:

  • Have course materials created or materials they are legally authorized to use
  • Be able to speak on the subject with ease
  • Be comfortable with audio/video production environment
  • Possess strong organizational skills
  • Possess a task-oriented mentality

Certified Training Institute is a proven leader in online license and certification training. Our school has been providing trades-based training since 1999 and currently offers nationwide HD video courses for contractors, architects, real estate salespeople and brokers, plumbers, engineers and agricultural workers. All of our courses are created by industry leaders and tailored to the specific needs of the licensees. From pre-license and exam prep training to help folks start their careers, to interesting, modern continuing education or business development programs for established trade professionals.

As an instructor for our school, you will gain national recognition as an expert in your field, as well as a new consistent revenue stream that can last for years or even decades. Many of our instructors began teaching at community colleges, conference centers, hotels or VFW halls and now their courses are available nationwide at the click of a button. This is the highest time to value project you may ever take on. Don’t let this once in a lifetime opportunity pass you by!

CLICK HERE or email james@onlinecti.com today!

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Nevada NASCLA (Commercial) General Contractor License

How do I get a NASCLA (Commercial) General Contractor license in Nevada?

When you pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors, you will be listed in the NASCLA National Examination Database. You will then have this information available for the following states which accept the NASCLA Accredited Examination: AL, AR, GA, LA, MS, NV, NC, OR, SC, TN, UT, US Virgin Islands, VA, and WV. You may also need to take each states’ specific business/law/project management exam in addition to the NASCLA exam.

Do I need prior approval to sit for the NASCLA exam?

Yes. This program requires pre-approval before sitting for the exam. An application must be filed with and approved by NASCLA. Once the application is approved, NASCLA will forward the information to PSI who will send a confirmation for exam registration. To apply to take the exam visit: www.nascla.org or contact them by phone at (623) 587-9354.

How long can I wait to take the exam after getting approval?

Candidates will have one (1) year from the application approval date to take the exam.

Do I need to pass a separate Business and Law or Trades Examination?

Yes, there are separate Business and Law (Construction Management Survey) and Trade exams.  Even if you take the NASCLA-Accredited exam, you DO have to take a separate Business and Law (Construction Management Survey) and Trade Exam for Nevada.

Where can I find a NASCLA Exam Prep course?

Certified Training Institute offers an online narrated course that has been approved by the State of Nevada to get your NASCLA license. This course can be completed online at your convenience and on any device that is connected to the internet. We also have a dedicated staff to answer your questions and help with tech support. Visit our website at www.licensetobuild.com

 

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US Marine Corps Veteran Nicholas Hughey Receives Builders License Scholarship

Congratulations US Marine Corps Veteran Scholarship Recipient, Nicholas R. Hughey!

Nicholas R. Hughey from Portage, Michigan is Builders License Training Institutes May 2018 scholarship recipient. Nick, a United States Marine Corps Veteran served four years and received many awards and decorations, including a Navy and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Deployment Ribbon and a Letter of Appreciation - Okinawa Beach Cleanup 2013.

Nick grew up in Michigan's upper peninsula. After his time in the military, Nick spent a summer working in the building trades but decided to return to school in pursuit of a business degree. He immediately missed the trades and realized his true calling. He wants to become an M&A Contractor and pursue his dream of owning a business in Southwest Michigan.

Builders License Training Institute is dedicated to providing opportunities for individuals interested in obtaining a Builder or Contractor license nationwide. We provide scholarship opportunities for Veterans and Students interested in Prelicensure Courses or Exam Prep.

If you or someone you know would make a good candidate for our scholarship program please download the appropriate link from our Financial Aid & Scholarships page to get started!

Congratulations Nick, we're proud to offer you this opportunity to build a better tomorrow!

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