Comment Now on EPA’s New Proposed Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training Rule
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a proposal for a new certification and training rule for pesticide applicators who apply restricted use pesticides (RUPs). EPA is proposing stricter standards for people certified to use RUPs and to require all people who apply RUPs to be at least 18 years old. Additional specialized licensing is also proposed for certain methods of application that can pose greater risks if not conducted properly, such as fumigation and aerial application.
The proposed rule would also change the length of recertification training for pesticide applicators, with commercial/non-commercial/public applicator training being affected the most (at least 2X the classroom time each year).
Iowa law requires all applicators for hire (or as part of their job) be recertified by testing or attending training, regardless if they are applying general use or restricted use pesticides.
EPA is accepting comments on the proposal until December 23, 2015 at www.regulations.gov in docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0183. More information about the proposal and certification for pesticide applicators can be found at EPA’s pesticide-worker-safety.