FEDERAL RESTRICTED-USE PESTICIDES AND CALIFORNIA RESTRICTED MATERIALS
State and federal laws restrict certain pesticides that have a high potential for handler and environmental harm, even when all label directions are followed, so only certified commercial or private pesticide applicators can buy or use them. The federal government classifies them as Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP). California classifies federal RUPs plus other pesticides that meet certain state criteria as Restricted Materials. Counties may also place local restrictions on particular pesticides. Criteria for restricting the use of certain pesticides in California include those products that are federal restricted-use pesticides or products that present a:
danger to public health
hazard to people in the application area
hazard to domestic animals, honey bees, and crops from direct application or drift
hazard to the environment from drift onto streams, lakes, or wildlife estuaries
hazard related to persistent residues in the soil resulting in contamination of the air, waterways, estuaries, or lakes, causing damage to fish, wild birds, and other wildlife
hazard to subsequent crops due to persistent soil residues
Get information on federal, state, and county use restrictions from the county agricultural commissioner offices in counties where you intend to make applications.
Proper training provides the skills and knowledge for employees to know how to safely and competently handle pesticides, and employers must regularly update the training to cover any new pesticides before employees handle them. Employers must retrain non-certified pesticide handlers at least annually. See Appendix 3—Employee Handler Training Requirements on page 78 for California’s complete handler training requirements.
Using Pesticides Safely
The required training should stress the importance of handling and using pesticides safely and include the following topics.
The Pesticide Label. Employees need to know where to find important information on pesticide labels. They must understand the meaning of the signal words and the precautionary statements. They must know how to follow instructions for application rate, mixing and application, wearing proper PPE, what to do in an emergency, and all other label requirements.
Pesticide Containers. Train employees on how to handle, open, and lift containers and the proper way to pour from them. Show them how and where to store pesticide containers and the procedures to follow when containers cannot be locked up. Make sure they follow appropriate procedures for triple rinsing empty containers. Show them how and where to properly store and dispose of empty
PESTICIDE LAWS AND REGULATIONS