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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Montana Applicators, Does Your Certification Expire in 2019?

Which Montana pesticide applicator certifications expire in 2019?

Commercial
Demonstration & Research
Industrial, Structural, & Institutional
School IPM
Seed Treatment

Private
Region 2

How do I renew my Montana pesticide applicator certification?

  1. Complete the required continuing education
  2. Renewal forms are issued November 1st to applicators that have an expiration date in 2019. You can renew your license online or through the mail.

What are the continuing education requirements for Montana pesticide applicators?

  • Certified applicators must complete 12-hours for each category they are licensed in. Classes approved for more than one category will be applied to each.
  • Private applicators must complete 6 credit hours.

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

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

Who submits my Montana 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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New Jersey Pesticide Applicator FAQ

How do I renew my New Jersey commercial applicator license?

  1. Complete the required continuing education (see details below) or retake the state exams
  2. Complete the renewal form sent to you by the state
  3. Mail the renewal form and a check for $80 to the New Jersey state department

What continuing education is required to renew my New Jersey commercial applicator license?

Applicators must complete 8 units (4 hours) of core classes and 16 units (8 hours) per category.

Where do I find online classes to renew my New Jersey commercial applicator license?

Certified Training Institute offers online, New Jersey-Approved core continuing education classes. All classes are available 24/7 on any internet capable device. After completing each course you will have access to a printable certificate which must be mailed the state upon renewal.

Are your New Jersey pesticide continuing education courses state-approved?

Yes, New Jersey approval numbers can be found in the course titles.

When does my New Jersey commercial applicator license expire?

Your license will expire 5 years after the date of issuance on October 31st.

 


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Free Ornamental Plant Pest Management Exam Guide

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Have you recently decided to take the Ornamental Plant Pest Management exam? Certified Training Institute has put together an exam guide to help you plan your preparation strategy for the exam.

Passing your Ornamental Plant Pest Management exam is one important step that an applicator can take in moving their career forward. For some, the exam can seem daunting, but with the right tools and guidance everyone can move forward and achieve their goals. Having the best tools and study materials for the exam is important, they are not only going to guide you on what you need to learn, but also how to learn it. Our free Ornamental Plant Pest Management exam guide will provide you with a basic understanding of what may be on your exam.

Additionally, we have included some helpful studying tips, to help you set up a study plan to fit your needs.

It also holds valuable information and strategies for passing your exam, BUT, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Certified Training Institute helps thousands of applicators pass their exams with the best Online Video Exam Prep Programs available.  Our Free Exam Guide will give you a basic outline of what is covered in the Ornamental Plant Pest Management Exam Prep Program produced by Certified Training Institute.


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Free Turfgrass Pest Management Exam Guide

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Have you recently decided to take the Turfgrass Pest Management exam? Certified Training Institute has put together an exam guide to help you plan your preparation strategy for the exam.

Passing your Turfgrass Pest Management exam is one important step that an applicator can take in moving their career forward. For some, the exam can seem daunting, but with the right tools and guidance everyone can move forward and achieve their goals. Having the best tools and study materials for the exam is important, they are not only going to guide you on what you need to learn, but also how to learn it. Our free Turfgrass Pest Management exam guide will provide you with a basic understanding of what may be on your exam.

Additionally, we have included some helpful studying tips, to help you set up a study plan to fit your needs.

It also holds valuable information and strategies for passing your exam, BUT, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Certified Training Institute helps thousands of applicators pass their exams with the best Online Video Exam Prep Programs available.  Our Free Exam Guide will give you a basic outline of what is covered in the Turfgrass Pest Management Exam Prep Program produced by Certified Training Institute.

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Free Mosquito Control Exam Guide

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Have you recently decided to take the Mosquito Control exam? Certified Training Institute has put together an exam guide to help you plan your preparation strategy for the exam.

Passing your Mosquito Control exam is one important step that an applicator can take in moving their career forward. For some, the exam can seem daunting, but with the right tools and guidance everyone can move forward and achieve their goals. Having the best tools and study materials for the exam is important, they are not only going to guide you on what you need to learn, but also how to learn it. Our free mosquito control exam guide will provide you with a basic understanding of what may be on your exam.

Additionally, we have included some helpful studying tips, to help you set up a study plan to fit your needs.

The exam guide also holds valuable information and strategies for passing your exam, BUT, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Certified Training Institute helps thousands of applicators pass their exams with the best Online Video Exam Prep Programs available.  Our Free Exam Guide will give you a basic outline of what is covered in the Mosquito Control Exam Prep Program produced by Certified Training Institute.


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Free Core Applicator Exam Guide

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Have you recently decided to take the Core Applicator exam? Certified Training Institute has put together an exam guide to help you plan your preparation strategy for the exam.

Passing your Core Applicator exam is one important step that you can take in moving your career as a pesticide applicator forward. For some, the exam can seem daunting, but with the right tools and guidance everyone can move forward and achieve their goals. Having the best tools and study materials for the exam is important, they are not only going to guide you on what you need to learn, but also how to learn it. Our free Core Applicator exam guide will provide you with a basic understanding of what may be on your exam.

Additionally, we have included some helpful studying tips, to help you set up a study plan to fit your needs.

It also holds valuable information and strategies for passing your exam, BUT, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Certified Training Institute helps thousands of applicators pass their exams with the best Online Video Exam Prep Programs available.  Our Free Exam Guide will give you a basic outline of what is covered in the Core Applicator Exam Prep Program produced by Certified Training Institute.


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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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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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