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This study guide covers antimicrobial pesticide uses in the following areas:

  • wine barrels and wine bottle corks

  • water cooling systems

  • potable water systems

In the U.S., pesticide products are highly regulated chemicals because they require proper handling to prevent them from harming people or the environment. In general, if you apply antimicrobial pesticides for hire in California, you must pos- sess a pest control business license issued by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). Employers in California are exempt from certain Department of Pesticide Regulation regulatory requirements concerning the use of antimicrobial agents when antimicrobial agents are used only as sanitizers, disinfectants, and pool and spa chemicals, and as long as they follow corresponding Department of Indus- trial Relations regulatory requirements in Title 8, California Code of Regulations (8 CCR). See Appendix 1—Exemptions for Antimicrobial Agents on page 72 for a list of the corresponding regulations.

Each pest control business main and branch location must designate a person responsible for the pest control activities conducted by that business location. That includes assuring that non-certified pesticide handler employees are supervised by a certified applicator, either the responsible QAL or any other company certified ap- plicator. The responsible person must possess a valid Qualified Applicator License (QAL) in the Microbial Pest Control category (Category P). Other pesticide handlers working from that location can obtain a Qualified Applicator Certificate (QAC) in the Microbial Pest Control Category P. Both are considered commercial pesticide applicator certifications, but only a person with the QAL can be designated as the responsible person for a pest control business main and branch locations. One advantage of handler employees being certified applicators is that the employer does not have to provide pesticide safety training to certified applicators.

To earn the QAL in Category P or the QAC in Category P, you will need to demonstrate your competence in handling and using pesticides safely. This involves passing two written examinations: one on pesticide laws and regulations and basic principles, and another on microbial pest control. This manual will help you prepare for the QAL and QAC microbial pest control exams. To prepare for the laws and regulations exam, study the Laws and Regulations Study Guide available from DPR. You may download a copy from DPR’s website or you may purchase a printed copy of this publication from DPR by using the Video/Publication Order Form. The links to the study guide and order form are located on the Licensing and Certification Program web site at http://www.cdpr.ca.gov.

To review what knowledge and skills you are expected to have in order to successfully pass the Microbial Pest Control certification examination, read Appen- dix 2—Performance Objectives and Knowledge Expectations for Applying Antimicrobial Pesticides, on page 73.

Chapters 1 through 7 of this manual cover general information that is pertinent to anyone using antimicrobial pesticides in any occupational setting. Each of the remaining chapters cover information specific to particular occupational settings. Be sure to read and answer the review questions at the end of each of the chapters. These questions are similar in format and content to the actual examination questions. Answering these questions will help you become familiar with the Microbial Pest Control Licensing/Certification Examination and will improve your understanding of the information presented in this manual. After answering the questions at the end of each chapter, check your answers by referring to the answer sheet on page 71.

Note: Many of the important and/or unfamiliar terms in this study guide have been italicized the first time they appear in the text. Turn to the Glossary on page 83 for more detailed definitions of these terms. In other instances, some terms are italicized for emphasis.

INTRODUCTION

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