This course has been designed to help satisfy the requirement that a Texas Private Pesticide Applicator must obtain at least 15 CEUs prior to recertifying his/her license to apply pesticides. Please note that at least 2 CEUs must be in Laws and Regulations and at least 2 CEUs must be in Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The individual that completes this 10 CEU Online Course will receive 2 CEUs in Laws and Regulations, 2 CEUs in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and 6 General CEUs.
A description of each of the 10 lessons that make up our 10 CEU Course is presented below.
1. Texas Laws and Regulations
Discusses the role of the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Structural Pest Control Service in regulating the use and disposal of pesticides in Texas. The licensing and recertification requirements of individuals using pesticides in the course of their business are addressed and various components of the Texas Pesticide Law, Texas pesticide regulations, state-limited-use pesticides, regulated herbicides, the Texas Structural Pest Control Act, and Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act are discussed.
2. Federal Pesticide Laws
In this training module, one will learn about the federal laws that regulate the use of pesticides. This would include the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Transportation Safety Act (TSA), Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA Title III), and Endangered Species Act (ESA).
3. Pesticide Safety – Part I
One will learn about the benefits of pesticide use, risks of pesticide use, definition of toxicity, how “toxicity” and “hazard” are not the same thing, pesticide toxicity categories, chronic toxicity, pesticide entry into the body through the skin, mouth, eyes and lungs, applicator safety, training and continuing education, planning for accidents, material safety data sheets (MSDSs), and pesticide labels.
4. Pesticide Safety – Part II
The benefits and limitations of personal protective equipment including gloves, bodywear, head protection, footwear, eye protection, respiratory equipment and barrier creams are discussed.
5. Pesticide Formulations
There are many different types of dry and liquid pesticide formulations found on the market today. This chapter discusses the advantages and disadvantages of a great many of these.
6. Pesticide Modes of Action
Some of the more common chemical groups that are used as insecticides, fungicides and for the chemical control of vertebrate pests are discussed. Specifically, their modes of action and some of examples of pesticides belonging to a specific chemical group are presented.
7. Emergencies, Spills and Misapplications
The actions to take in the event of a pesticide leak, spill, misapplication or fire are presented and the requirements of the Community Right-to-Know Act are discussed.
8. Emergency Procedures
The actions to take and first aid to administer in the event of a pesticide exposure on one’s skin, clothing or in one’s eyes is discussed, and the first aid to administer in the event a person inhales or swallows a pesticide is presented.
9. Nonchemical Pest Control Techniques – Part I
Integrated pest management is an approach to pest management that employs multiple tactics to prevent pest problems, suppress pest populations and minimize the use of pesticides. In this training module, one will learn the reasons to practice IPM, the basic steps of an IPM program and the type of actions one can take to prevent or manage an existing pest problem with the hope of reducing the use of chemicals.
10. Nonchemical Pest Control Techniques – Part II/Wildlife Control
This chapter discusses the nonchemical pest control techniques that can be used for the control of wildlife.
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