2010-03-06 / News

Pesticide training set

REYNOLDSBURG – Special training instructed by Ohio State University Extension specialists will be offered throughout 2010 for commercial pesticide applicators preparing to take the state exam for pesticide applicators.

“These trainings help applicators learn more about pesticide safety and stewardship while also preparing to take the exams,” said Joanne Kick-Raack, state director of OSU Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program, and one of the instructors. The day-long training classes will be held at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg on the following dates: March 31, April 28, May 19, August 25 and September 22.

The morning sessions focus on the core exam which includes concepts of applicator and environmental safety, reading and understanding pesticide product labels and pesticide formulations, as well as getting up to speed federal and Ohio pesticide laws and regulations. The morning session also qualifies as trained serviceperson training for employees who will be working under the supervision of a licensed applicator.

The afternoon sessions focus on specific Ohio category exams the applicators will be taking. The exams to be reviewed at the training include turf (category 8), industrial vegetation (category 5), agriculture weed (category 2c) and ornamental weed (category 6c).

An Ohio commercial pesticide applicator license is required for any applicators who work for a company or business applying pesticides, unless they are supervised by a licensed applicator at that company. This also extends to anyone who applies pesticides in public areas, such as school districts, townships, villages, cities, municipalities, counties, park districts, libraries, and other locations.

“A license is required even if the applicator is using general-use products to control weeds or bug spray to control yellow jackets,” said Kick-Raack. “If the applicator is not licensed, he or she must be a trained serviceperson and work under the supervision of a licensed applicator.”

More information about the trainings is available on the OSU Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program Web site at http:// pested.osu.edu or by calling 614- 292-4070.

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