February is National Pesticide Safety Education Month. In Nebraska, more than 30,200 people have been trained and certified to be restricted use pesticide applicators, about 9,700 of which will be recertified in 2019.
In 2019 approximately 3,200 commercial and noncommercial pesticide applicators will need to be recertified in Nebraska. They include fumigators, ornamental and turf applicators, exterminators, and others.
Nebraska Extension’s newly revamped, more user-friendly private applicator online training program is now available. It is an alternative to attending a PSEP training session or using self-study printed materials.
A 120-foot sprayer can have as many as 96 nozzles and screens and stow away as much as 15 gallons of pesticide residue in its nooks and crannies after an application is done. Consider these tips for thoroughly cleaning your sprayer to avoid off-target contamination.
Besides using common sense, perhaps an applicator’s most important protection is wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Here's an illustrated guide as to what to wear and exposure risk for various body areas.
As you ready your field equipment for the coming crop season, are you including a respirator as part of your personal protective equipment? Certain pesticides, such as formulations of Engenia® and Lorsban™, require a NIOSH-approved respirator to mix, load, handle, and apply.