Plan ahead this Spring for maintaining pesticide compliance: ensure proper pesticide applicator training and licensing; track and report pesticide storage inventory; and document pesticide applications in a central area to notify workers.
Up-to-Date NJDEP Pesticide Applicator Licensing
Pesticide Applicator Certification is designed to demonstrate a certain level of competency by pesticide users on the safe use of pesticides. Users of pesticides are classified as either private applicators or commercial applicators. Consult updated information on the NJDEP Compliance and Enforcement web pages to determine what you and your employees need to do for certification or recertification.
Note that per the Worker Protection Standards (WPS), employees who don’t apply pesticides but do work in areas where pesticides are applied will need appropriate training and will need to carry blue WPS “worker” documentation of that training.
Pesticide Storage Inventory
See Jack Rabin’s reminder, Pesticide Storage Inventory due May 1 to Fire Department, for storage inventory and cover letter forms to help make compliance more convenient.
Record and Post Notification of Pesticide Applications
The “central posting” viewing area is a Worker Protection Standards requirement serving to inform workers that pesticides have been applied. Pesticide applications must be posted within 24 hours of the application and records must be kept for a 3-year period.
NJDEP Commercial Pesticide Applicator Information
NJDEP Worker Protection Standard Summary Sheet