EPA Finalizes Stronger Standards for Pesticide Applicators

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 EPA has finalized its new standards for applicators who apply restricted-use pesticides that are not available for purchase by the general public, and require special handling.  The benefits of this rule include fewer acute pesticide incidents to people and reduced chronic exposure.  EPA’s stricter standards would require all people who are certified to apply restricted use pesticides as well as those working under their supervision to be at least 18 years of age. These certifications must be renewed every five years. Learn more about how the pesticide application rule protects workers from pesticide risk.  Read a blog post by Assistant Administrator Jim Jones about the strengthened standards.

 

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