Letters received from Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA)
If you haven't received your retest letter or renewal application from the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA), you should soon. If you need to test this year, you should receive a letter. Please bring the letter with you to the test site. The information included on the letter will streamline the paperwork required prior to taking your exams.
Your Social Security Number (not card) will be needed when you take the test. Testing is required every 3 years; however, Commercial (not Private) licenses must be renewed yearly (expire 12/31). For renewals, fill out the enclosed application form and mail the specified payment to IDA.
IDA does not take debit or credit cards. Some companies have expressed concern because they do not have a checking account. Alternate payment options include using a money order or personal check and being reimbursed. Universities may use account transfers. Please plan accordingly and allow for extra time that may be needed for paperwork.
For testing only (without training), it is recommended that you either attend a Test Only clinic or schedule an appointment with IDA at DeKalb (815) 787-5476 or Springfield (217) 785- 2427. Walk-ins for testing at training clinics will be seated as space allows. Attendance at training will guarantee a saved seat for testing.
Test early to have your license when you need it!
The IDA encourages applicators and operators to test early in the year and not wait until the last minute as there are hundreds of people taking exams each month.
Passing the exam does NOT make you licensed. You cannot apply pesticides until the IDA receives a check and a completed application. Afterwards, the IDA will mail your license to your employer's address. Only then are you licensed to apply pesticides.
Have a New Employer?
The IL Pesticide Act requires you to inform IDA at 800-641-3934.
Changes for those who hold a "Public Operator or Applicator": Beginning in license year 2017, "Commercial not-for-hire" operators and applicators will now include individuals previously licensed as "public" operators and applicators.
Important Training and Testing Information
For Training Clinics:
• Commercial (toll free) 800-644-2123 or 217-244-2123
• Private (toll free) 877-626-1650
• Website (Commercial and Private) http://www.pesticidesafety.illinois.edu
• or consult the (Commercial or Private) schedule mailed to you from IDA
• Private Clinics: Training 8:00 am-11:30 am; Testing 11:45 am-2:00 pm
• Commercial Clinics:
– General Standards training: 8:00 am-11:30 am
– Categories and Testing: refer to http://www.pesticidesafety.illinois.edu or the blue schedule booklet.
For Test Only Clinics:
• Commercial (toll free) 800-644-2123 or 217-244-2123, http://www.pesticidesafety.illinois.edu
• Private: Contact the individual site. For the name and number, refer to http://www.pesticidesafety.illinois.edu (Private Section) or consult the Private schedule mailed to you from IDA
• Testing only (Private and Commercial both) is free
• Training Clinics:
Private $40 (Online training is $15)
– Dealer $100
– Applicator1 $60
– Operator1 $40
– Commercial not-for-hire2 Applicator $20
– Commercial not-for-hire2 Operator $15
Field Crop applicators: Please note that all Field Crop training clinics will be held before the holidays this year. In past years, two were held after the new year began. Please plan accordingly to ensure you get the training you need.
Michelle Wiesbrook (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org), Jean Miles, and Patty Bingaman
1) Commercial Applicator/Operator examples: You apply on property not owned by you or your employer (lawn care companies, agronomic custom spray operators and applicators, tree care industry, etc.)
2) Commercial Not-For-Hire examples: Building services for corporate complexes, county forest preserves, municipalities, schools, grounds maintenance, private/public golf courses, large greenhouses, etc. (apply on property of their employer only).
The EPA announced this week that the new manual, How to Comply with the 2015 Revised Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides – What Owners and Employers Need to Know is now posted online.
This newly revised version supersedes the 2005 version. All 146 pages are available at https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-09/documents/htcmanual_final.pdf. Alternatively, you can view each chapter separately at https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/pesticide-worker-protection-standard-how-comply-manual.
EPA has worked in conjunction with the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) to make this publication available. This manual and other WPS resources such as handouts and videos are available as well at the PERC website, http://pesticideresources.org/stage//index.html.
This manual is intended to assist users of agricultural pesticides in compliance with the new regulation requirements of the WPS. You should read this manual if you employ agricultural workers or handlers, are involved in the production of agricultural plants as an owner/manager of an agricultural establishment or a commercial (for-hire) pesticide handling establishment, or work as a crop advisor.
This "How to Comply" manual includes:
• details to help you determine if the WPS requirements apply to you;
• information on how to comply with the WPS requirements, including exceptions, restrictions, exemptions, options, and examples;
• "Quick Reference Guide"- a list of the basic requirements (excluding exemptions, exceptions, etc.);
• new or revised definitions that may affect your WPS responsibilities; and
• explanations to help you better understand the WPS requirements and how they may apply to you.
Printed manuals will eventually be made available but will be in limited quantities.
A 2-page "Quick Reference Guide" has been revised recently as well. There are two sizes available for printing at the PERC website.Adapted from an EPA email, 9/30/16, by Michelle Wiesbrook (mailto:email@example.com)
The department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering recently hired Matt Gill as an Outreach Specialist for the Pesticide Safety Education Program.
As the newest member of the PSEP team, Matt will primarily focus on pesticide application equipment, drift mitigation and calibration instructional areas. Secondarily, he will be available to assist with specialized calibration practices and issues related to emerging application technology. Matt grew up in central Illinois and received his B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois. His contact information is as follows:
360Q Agricultural Engineering
1304 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
The PSEP Team
Please note a larger version of the Quick Guide is available here: http://pesticideresources.org/wps/hosted/quickrefguide.pdf.
The revised Worker Protection Standard (WPS) will be enforceable starting January 2, 2017. The majority of the decontamination supply requirements will remain unchanged. However, the revised WPS will now specify quantities of water that must be available for the decontamination of workers and handlers.
Quantity of water at each decontamination site
The existing Worker Protection Standard requires employers to provide enough water for routine washing and emergency eye flushing for both workers and handlers. For handlers, employers must also provide enough to wash the entire body in an emergency. With the revised regulation, employers will now be required to have specific quantities of decontamination water available for every employee at the beginning of each work period. Specifically, the employer must have a decontamination site with at least one gallon of clean water for each worker and three gallons of water for each handler and early entry worker. As with the existing WPS, water and other decontamination supplies must be reasonably accessible to workers and handlers (within 1/4 mile or at the nearest vehicular access).
Emergency eye wash for handlers
Emergency eye wash requirements were also updated. The existing WPS requires employers to provide enough water for emergency eye flushing, as well as one pint of water in a portable container that is immediately accessible to each handler if eye protection is required by the product label.
The new regulation will require at least one eye wash system at each mixing/loading site if the product label requires protective eyewear, or if the pesticide is being mixed and loaded in a closed system under pressure. The eye wash system must be capable of delivering gently running water at a rate of least 0.4 gallons per minute for at least 15 minutes, or at least six gallons of water in containers suitable for providing a gentle eye-flush for about 15 minutes. A portable eye wash station or a wall-mounted eye wash station would be an ideal choice. However, an inexpensive 10-gallon water cooler will also fulfill the requirements of the regulation. The quantities specified in this requirement closely follow the first-aid recommendations printed on the majority of pesticide labels: "Hold eye open and rinse slowly and gently with water for 15 to 20 minutes."
Finally, when applying a pesticide that requires protective eyewear, 1 pint of water must be immediately available to each handler (applicator) in a portable container (carried by the applicator or in the application equipment being used).
Decontamination Water Source
Clean, running water meets these requirements. When running water is not available, it may be stored in a container, provided it is of a quality and temperature that will not cause illness or injury when it contacts the skin or eyes or if swallowed. If the water source is also used for mixing pesticides, it cannot be used for decontamination without additional precautions taken to prevent contamination of the water with pesticides (e.g., back-flow prevention device, air gap, etc.). Workers and handlers should be trained to use any nearest clean water source in case of emergency; this can include natural waters.
Travis Cleveland (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
How to Comply with the 2015 Revised Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides. US EPA, Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC)
Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS): Comparison of the New Protections to the Existing Protections. US EPA
Source: The Quick Reference Guide to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS), United States EPA & Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative.