Hands-on pesticide training
Participants learn how to clean personal protective equipment during a workshop in Wenatchee co-sponsored by the Washington Growers Clearing House Association.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture offers hands-on workshops to help pesticide handlers to use pesticides safely. The department conducts the workshops in partnership with growers and other organizations, and with the collaboration of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. The Washington Growers Clearing House Association has co-sponsored two workshops this spring—one in Wenatchee with the Washington State Horticultural Association and one in Brewster with Chelan Fruit. It is co-sponsoring another on April 10 with the Hort Association, though that is fully booked. Schedules and locations are being finalized for 2013.
The workshops are designed for unlicensed pesticide handlers—employees who mix, load, and apply pesticides and repair pesticide-contaminated equipment, but who do not hold a pesticide applicator's license. However, employees with pesticide licenses can attend the training to suppliment their knowledge and earn recertification credits.
The workshops, which have 24 to 50 participants, cover personal protective equipment, decontamination of protective equipment and sprayers, respiratory protection, mixing and loading, and other safety issues such as drift and heat stress.