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Application Specific Information for the Handler Employee

In general, for the commercial or research production of an agricultural plant commodity, the property operator must provide specific application information at a central location. This information must include

  • the identification of the treated


  • the date and time of application

  • the restricted-entry interval

  • the product name

These regulations do not cover employ- ees involved in manufacturing, formu- lating, or repackaging pesticides. These employees are covered under the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Handler Employee Training Requirements

Employers must have a written training program for employees who handle pesticides. The written program must describe the materials that will be used (e.g., study guides, pesticide labels, or videotapes) and the informa- tion that will be provided when they train their employees. Employers must maintain a copy of the written training program in a central location at the workplace where it is accessible to employees. The written copy must be available while they are using the program and for two years after they finish using it.

The employer’s written training program must address each of the subjects listed below. Employers must train each employee who handles pesticides and make sure employees understand all of the following items for each pesticide or chemically similar group of pesticides they use:

  • the pesticide product label format and the meaning of label informa- tion, such as precautionary statements about human health hazards


  • the hazards of pesticides— including acute and chronic effects, delayed effects, and sensitization—as identified in pesticide product labels, Material Safety Data Sheets, or Pesticide Safety Information Series (PSIS) leaflets

  • the routes by which pesticides can enter the body

  • the signs and symptoms of pesti- cide overexposure

  • emergency first aid for pesticide overexposure

  • how to obtain emergency medical care

  • routine and emergency decontami- nation procedures, including spill cleanup and the need to shower thoroughly with soap and warm water after the exposure period

  • the appropriate use and sanitation of any required personal protective equipment, and the need for heat- related limitations on its use (see later section in this chapter, “Chemical-Resistant Protective Clothing”)

  • prevention, recognition, and first aid for heat-related illness

  • safety requirements and proce- dures for handling, transporting, storing, and disposing of pesticides (including engineering controls such as closed systems and enclosed cabs)

  • environmental concerns such as drift, runoff, and wildlife hazards

  • warnings about taking pesticides or pesticide containers home

  • requirements relating to pesticide safety, Material Safety Data Sheets, and Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflets as found in Chapters 3 and 4 of the California Code of Regulations, Title 3

  • the purposes of, and requirements for, medical supervision when organophosphate and carbamate pesticides with the signal words Danger or Warning on the label are

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