Pesticide Safety

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).  FIFRA is a law that is written to protect consumers, applicators and the environment.  The EPA seeks to meet the goals of the act by controlling the production, sale, distribution and use of pesticides (40 CFR 152-180).

Under FIFRA, all pesticide-manufacturing plants, and all pesticides sold or distributed in commerce, must be registered with the EPA.  Labels on pesticide containers include important safety information, instructions for applying the pesticide, and the intervals at which applicators can re-enter application areas.  FIFRA regulations require that workers follow all label instructions.  Workers must follow safety standards (the Worker Protection Standard) when they mix and apply pesticides, and state agencies must certify the workers who apply certain pesticides.  FIFRA also mandates practices for managing waste pesticides and for handling container residues.

Certain aspects of FIFRA will apply to Kennesaw State University (KSU) if KSU personnel  apply pesticides.  If a contractor applies pesticides, that contractor must adhere to the applicable portions of FIFRA.  All workers using pesticides must receive training, and applicators must be state-certified if they work with restricted use pesticides.

The Worker Protection Standard does not apply to the research uses of unrestricted pesticides.  It also does not apply to workers who do no more than handle empty containers.