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  • perform all pest control in a careful and effective manner

  • use only methods and equipment suitable to ensure proper applica- tion of pesticides

  • perform all pest control under climatic conditions suitable to ensure proper application of pesticides

  • exercise reasonable precautions to avoid contamination of the environment

  • have a copy of the registered label available at each use site to show that the label allows the manner in which you are using the pesticide

  • measure or weigh concentrated pesticides accurately, using only devices that are calibrated to the smallest unit in which the pesti- cide is being weighed or measured

  • maintain a uniform mixture, at all times, in both application and service rigs

  • clean pest control equipment thoroughly, whenever necessary, to prevent illness or damage to people, plants, or animals from residues of pesticides previously used in the equipment

  • avoid contamination of water by equipping each piece of application equipment and service rig that handles pesticides and draws water from an outside source with an air- gap separation, a reduced pressure principle back-flow prevention device, or a double-check valve assembly acceptable to both the water purveyor and the local health department

Age Requirement

No one (employee or non-employee) under 18 years of age is permitted to mix or load a pesticide when the label or regulations require the use of any of the following:

  • air supplied respiratory protection

  • a closed system

  • full-body chemical-resistant


Protection of People, Animals, and Property

Prior to and while applying pesti- cides, applicators must evaluate the equipment to be used, the meteorologi- cal conditions, the property to be treated, and surrounding properties to determine the likelihood of harm or damage. No pesticide application is permitted to be made or continued by anyone under any of the following situations:

  • when there is a reasonable hazard of contamination of the bodies or clothing of people not involved in the application process

  • when there is a reasonable possibil- ity of damage to nontarget crops, animals, or other public or private property

  • when there is a reasonable possibil- ity of contamination of nontarget public or private property, includ- ing the creation of a health hazard that prevents the normal use of the property

Protection of Bees

When you use a pesticide on blos- soming plants that is known to be toxic to bees, special procedures must be followed. This includes those pesticides specified as either highly or moderately toxic by the University of California and those pesticides specified as being toxic to bees by the pesticide label.

Notifying Beekeepers. If you intend to apply such a pesticide to a blossom- ing plant you must consult with the agricultural commissioner prior to the

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