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According to California regulations, a pesticide handler is any employee who:

  • mixes, loads, transfers, applies (including chemigation), or flags during aerial applications

  • maintains, services, repairs, cleans, or handles equipment that may contain residues or that has been used in pesticide mixing or application activities

  • works with opened pesticide containers, including emptied but not rinsed containers

  • adjusts, repairs, or removes treatment site coverings, such as tarpaulins covering fumi- gated soil or agricultural commodities

  • incorporates pesticides into the soil through mechanical means or chemigation, though an irrigation system

  • enters a treated area during any application, or before the inhalation exposure level listed on pesticide product labeling has been reached or greenhouse ventilation criteria have been met

  • performs the duties of a crop advisor, including field checking or scouting, making observations of the well being of the plants, or taking samples during an application or any restricted entry interval listed on pesticide product labeling

California regulation require all employers to have written training programs for pesticide handlers working in their operations. One part of this written program shall describe the materials used and information provided to the employees during training. Employers are responsible for either providing the training or arranging for someone else to provide it, and the records shall identify the person or firm actually conducting the training.

Employers shall maintain a current copy of the training program while it is in use and for two years afterwards. All employers shall assure that their employee han- dlers are trained annually for each chemically-similar family of pesticides or for each specific pesticide that they will handle. When pesticides are used for the commercial or research production of an agricultural commodity, trainers shall possess certain qualifications described below.

Trainer Qualifications

One or more of the following qualifications are needed by any person conducting the training for employees who will be handling pesticides for the commercial or research production of an agricultural commodity:

  • California certified commercial applicator (QAC or QAL)

  • California certified private applicator

  • County Biologist licensed in Pesticide Regulation or Investigation and Environmental Moni-

toring issued by the Department of Food and Agriculture

  • Farm Advisor employed by the University of California Cooperative Extension Service

  • completed a DPR-approved instructor training program

  • California licensed agricultural Pest Control Adviser

  • California Registered Professional Forester


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