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IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS

When using hazardous chemicals such as antimicro- bial pesticides, you assume responsibility for the safety of yourself and others. The purpose of the DPR licensing/ certification process is to make sure you understand hazards and know how to avoid health and environ- mental problems. Some of the knowledge and skills you need to acquire in order to work safely with antimicrobial pesticides include:

  • following all applicable pesticide laws and regula- tions as well as DPR-mandated workplace safety requirements

  • ensuring that you consider all health and safety hazards before making an antimicrobial pesticide application, including safety gear and decontamina- tion requirements, and selecting the right pesticide for the job

  • knowing how to prevent people and animals from contacting the pesticides during and after application

  • recognizing how some pesticides can damage treated surfaces and how to prevent this

  • knowing how to prepare and maintain records of training and applications

  • knowing how to keep pesticides from drifting or moving out of the area dur- ing application

  • knowing what to do and where and how to get help in case of an emergency

  • knowing the procedures for notifying people about the pesticide application and procedures for posting the treated area, if necessary, after making an application

TYPES OF MICROBIAL PEST CONTROL

Although people apply microbial pest control chemicals in many different situ- ations, you will likely be involved in only one of these. This manual discusses several occupational areas that involve using microbial pest control pesticides. Several addi- tional situations may be included in future versions, but this manual currently covers:

Wooden Wine Barrels and Wine Bottle Corks. Wine production includes aging batches of wine in wooden barrels before bottling. Cleaning and sanitizing the barrels before using reduces the num- ber of microorganisms that could disrupt the aging process, impart undesirable flavors to the wine, or cause spoilage.

Water Cooling Systems. Buildings, such as schools, hospitals, auditoriums, of- fices, stadiums, and other similar enclosed facilities rely on large water cooling towers to remove heat from air conditioning systems to maintain comfortable temperature levels. In addition, cooling towers are used outside in settings such as wineries, for example, for process cooling. System maintenance may include applying antimicrobial pesticides to the cooling water to prevent disease transmission and suppress algal and fungal growths and slimes that damage the equipment or reduce its efficiency.

USING ANTIMICROBIAL PESTICIDES

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