Resources and Best Practices

Information for pesticide applicators on resources and best practices, including pesticide law in the state, EPA worker protection standards, storage, security and safe disposal. Tips on spill kits, transporting pesticides and calibrating sprayers.

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Navigating the PaPlants Website
Navigating the PaPlants Website - Articles Articles
Learn how to access information in the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's PaPlants website and how being a registered user can provide even more information. More
Pesticide Labels and SDSs
Pesticide Labels and SDSs - Articles Articles

Pesticide Labels and SDSs

Sharon I Gripp

Links to pesticide labels and SDSs. More
Pesticide Laws and Regulations
Pesticide Laws and Regulations - Articles Articles
Many state and federal laws and regulations pertain to the use of pesticides. The major ones in Pennsylvania and nationally are briefly described below. More
Photo: Penn State Pesticide Education
Worker Protection Standard Update - News News
The 2015 EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS) revision is now in full effect with the only exception being the requirement for new training materials. More
There are a handful of smartphone and tablet applications that can help navigate through some of the challenges of spraying. Photo Credit: Zachary Larson
Take the Guesswork Out of Spraying With These Apps - Articles Articles
Use these smartphone and tablet apps to help in sprayer calibration, nozzle selection, tank mixing and product selection. More
Pesticide Application Recordkeeping Manual
Pesticide Application Recordkeeping Manual - Articles Articles

Pesticide Application Recordkeeping Manual

Pesticide Education Program

Downloadable recordkeeping manual with worker protection standard and calibration information from the Pesticide Education Program. More
Air Blast Sprayer Pre-Calibration Instructions
Air Blast Sprayer Pre-Calibration Instructions - Articles Articles
Prior to having Penn State calibrate your air blast sprayer, the following tasks must be completed. More
Recordkeeping Form for Pesticide Applicators Recordkeeping Form for Pesticide Applicators - Tools and Apps
This Recordkeeping form can be used by commercial/public applicators, private applicators, and by operations covered by the WPS to keep records of all their pesticide applications. More
Which Pesticide License Does Your Business Need?
Which Pesticide License Does Your Business Need? - Articles Articles
In Pennsylvania, Green Industry professionals who use pesticides need to understand the Pennsylvania pesticide laws and how to comply with them. More
Proper storage signage.
Core Topic Issue: Pesticide Storage Security - Articles Articles
The following is a list of resources (articles, worksheets, and presentations) that have information about pesticide storage and security. More
Transporting Pesticides in PA, Part 2 Transporting Pesticides in PA, Part 2 - Articles
Safety Recommendations and Legal Requirements More
Potential Health Effects of Pesticides
Potential Health Effects of Pesticides - Articles Articles
For all pesticides to be effective against the pests they are intended to control, they must be biologically active, or toxic. More
Pesticide Storage and Security
Pesticide Storage and Security - Articles Articles

Pesticide Storage and Security

Sharon I Gripp, John Ayers, Ph.D., Kerry H. Richards, Ph.D.

This article describes the proper procedures for storing pesticides and application equipment. More
Respiratory Protective Devices for Pesticides
Respiratory Protective Devices for Pesticides - Articles Articles
For many toxic chemicals, the respiratory (breathing) system is the quickest and most direct route of entry into the circulatory system. More
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's Regional Offices
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's Regional Offices - Articles Articles
Find your Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Regional Office and contact information. More
Does Your Green Industry Business Need a Registered Technician? Does Your Green Industry Business Need a Registered Technician? - Articles
In Pennsylvania, anyone making pesticide applications to land that they do not own or lease is required to have at least one Certified Pesticide Applicator. More
Grape leaves exhibiting phenoxy-type herbicide damage in 2017. Photo: T. Delvalle, Penn State
Herbicide Drift and Drift Related Damage - Articles Articles
Pesticide applicators are responsible for drift related damage and could face a potential lawsuit. More
Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Checklist Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Checklist - Tools and Apps
This checklist is a brief overview of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Worker Protection Standard (WPS) for agricultural pesticide requirements for compliance. More
pH and Water Modifications to Improve Pesticide Performance
pH and Water Modifications to Improve Pesticide Performance - Articles Articles
The water carrier of pesticides may influence the overall effectiveness of the pesticide used for control. Knowing some basics of water can be useful in protecting yields in crops. More
Pesticide Hypersensitivity Registry and Application Pesticide Hypersensitivity Registry and Application - Articles
Information about the Pennsylvania Pesticide Hypersensitivity Registry and the application to complete for placement on the registry. More
Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Information
Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Information - Articles Articles
Links to Penn State factsheets and miscellaneous websites related to Worker Protection standards. More
Photo by Mike Eckley
Backpack Sprayer Calibration for Woodland Applications - Articles Articles

Backpack Sprayer Calibration for Woodland Applications

David R. Jackson, Kimberly Bohn, Ph.D., Art Gover

This article covers calibrating a backpack sprayer to determine how much herbicide to add for band applications and spot treatments. More
Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification
Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification - Articles Articles
Learn how to become a pesticide applicator in Pennsylvania. More
USDA Forest Service - Region 8 - Southern, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
EPA Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides - Articles Articles
This regulation covers pesticides that are used in the production of agricultural plants on farms, forests, nurseries, and enclosed-space productions. More
Toxicity of Pesticides
Toxicity of Pesticides - Articles Articles

Toxicity of Pesticides

Winand Hock, Ph.D.

People who use pesticides or regularly come in contact with them must understand the relative toxicity and potential health effects of the products they use. More
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