National Pesticide Safety Education Month aims to reinforce safe handling practices

February 6, 2019 -  By

The second annual National Pesticide Safety Education Month kicked off Feb. 1. The goal of this initiative is to reinforce core principles of safe handling and use and to raise awareness of and support for the land-grant university Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEPs).

The Weed Science Society of America, American Phytopathological Society and Entomological Society of America are among the many organizations promoting safe handling and use of pesticides and the important role of PSEPs.

“There is a growing need for education on pesticides and proper use, especially newer technologies and how to avoid nontarget injury,” said Cecil Tharp, Montana State University PSEP coordinator.

Visit the National Pesticide Safety Education Month webpage to see how many of the 24 types of pesticides you use and review basic pesticide safety principles and key safety information from the label. Learn how hazard, toxicity, exposure and risk management relate to the pesticide label and what to consider when hiring a pest management professional. Score your own pesticide safety practices; visit the website of your state’s Pesticide Safety Education Program.

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