PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES AND KNOWLEDGE EXPECTATIONS FOR APPLYING ANTIMICROBIAL PESTICIDES
The following are the minimum competency standards expected of anyone preparing to take the DPR certification examination in the Microbial Pest Control category.
Understand the procedures for selecting the most appropriate pesticides for the ap- plication target or use setting, specific pest problems, and environmental conditions.
Know how to ensure that all human health and safety hazards are considered before selecting a pesticide, determining the application method or technique, and making a pesticide application.
Recognize potential or actual hazards at the application site that could endanger people or the environment during a pesticide application.
Know how to prevent humans, pets, and domestic animals from contacting pesticides within the treated area.
Recognize the ways pesticides can damage treated surfaces that might not be part of the pest problem or application target.
Understand how to prevent pesticides from drifting, or otherwise moving off-site, into non-target areas.
Know when and who to contact for questions relating to use, application rates, and other issues.
Identify and make available emergency contact information in the event you or others need medical assistance and other types of help for human exposure and spills.
When required, know how to provide oral notification and post warning signs for duration of re-entry restrictions after a pesticide application.
Understand how to follow all applicable pesticide use laws and regulations and re- stricted material permit conditions, including and not limited to, pesticide use restric- tions and prohibitions, work safety requirements, and container transportation, storage, and disposal regulations.
Understand the concept that a material is legally considered a pesticide when it is intended to be or is used to prevent or control pests and that it must have a U.S. EPA Registration Number when used for that purpose.
Be familiar with the different types of pesticide formulations.
Know how to choose the pesticide formulation type that will be most effective in a specific situation.
Recognize factors that influence the efficacy of a pesticide.
Know the four toxicity classifications and their respective signal words, i.e. DANGER/ POISON (I), DANGER (I), WARNING (II), and CAUTION (III or IV), and understand the significance of each classification in relation to handler and environmental hazards and risks.