Pesticide Safety Education Program

National Pesticide Safety Education Month

Pesticide Safety Education Featured in February

February 1, 2019
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.

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Applying Pesticides Safely

January 7, 2019
The world of pesticides is continually evolving. In spite of this, there are many basic principles that commercial and noncommercial applicators should always follow when handling or using pesticides.

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Commercial/non-commercial pesticide applicator license

Commercial/Noncommercial Applicators: Extension Training Available February-April

December 13, 2018
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.

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Online private pesticide applicator training module shown on a computer screen

Revamped Online RUP Private Applicator Training Now Available

December 13, 2018
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.

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pesticide applicator training
After completing Nebraska Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program training, and becoming licensed by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, private pesticide applicators can buy and use restricted use pesticides in their farming operations. (Photo by Elizabeth Killinger)

Private Applicators: Look to Pesticide Label Changes, Avoiding Off-target Movement in 2019 Training

December 13, 2018
Nebraska Extension training is available for private pesticide applications seeking certification or recertification at approximately 200 sessions.

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Spraying a field
Figure 1. Thoroughly cleaning a sprayer after pesticide application is necessary to avoid potential off-target contamination. Just one drop of dicamba can cause visible injury to three acres of crops.

Think Your Sprayer's Clean? Think Again

June 6, 2018
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.

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Body Exposure Points and Personal Protective Equipment

Proper PPE Prevents Pesticide Exposure

April 25, 2018
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.

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Facilal respirators used during pesticide application
Figure 1. Respirators provide protection only if they are in good condition, appropriate for the work, and fit the subject. The fit test determines whether the respirator can provide protection. Remember to read and understand the label before using any pesticide.

Have You Read Your Pesticide Labels Lately?

April 3, 2018
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.

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