By Brooke Garcia & Frannie Miller
Upcoming Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training
Date: November 12-14, 2019 in Salina, KS – Webster Conference Center
Objective: The objective of this training program is for the Kansas State University Cooperative Education Service to provide a broad, practical training program and to help Kansas commercial pesticide applicators meet the requirements for renewal certification.
ALL commercial certified pesticide applicators are required to accumulate credit hours if re-certifying through training.
In Kansas, there are two ways to receive training for renewal certification: 1) study a manual and pass an examination and 2) attend training courses approved by the Kansas Secretary of Agriculture for required re-certification credit hour (CEU) accumulation. All applicators must now accumulate the necessary credit hours required for the appropriate category/subcategory in which they are certified. If you have not accumulated the required number of credit hours (1 core hour and either 3, 5 or 7 pest management hours) and paid the certification fee ($50 per category certified in) to the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) by the expiration of your current certification, you must re-exam to obtain certification.
With pesticides, usually we are thinking about the active ingredient that targets the problematic insect, weed, or disease. But did you know that the different “carriers” in the formulation can affect applicator safety, too?
Here is a quick article that summarizes some of the key points of selecting the right gloves for applicator safety:
If the Glove Doesn’t Fit (the job!), You Must Quit
Speaking of pesticide safety, the EPA recently announced a new program to help translate information into Spanish.
You can find the full guide here:
I came across a nicely-written article from U of Kentucky about gloves and pesticide safety. It’s pretty short, and worth 2 minutes of your time as a quick review.
For example, did you know this? “Research has shown that workers mixing pesticides received 85% of the total exposure on their hands and 13% on their forearms. The same study showed that wearing protective gloves reduced exposure by 99%.”
Read the full article by clicking HERE