04 September 2013 19:04 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)-- In an effort to strengthen safety and raise awareness regarding the use of chemicals to control pest populations, the US Pesticide Safety Education Program has commenced a three-year initiative to enhance the education of applicators, the organisation announced on Wednesday.
Goals of the initiative include establishing a national website for training materials and creating more online distance education classes. In addition the program hopes to compile and produce training materials for the national website as well as focus on pesticide safety in certification and recertification classes.
Initial funding for the initiative has been provided by BASF Corporation, Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Crop Protection and Syngenta, and will be distributed by CropLife Foundation at the direction of the board.
Last year, the Pesticide Safety Education Program formed a national stakeholder team to address funding and program goals and is comprised of representatives from government agencies, chemical industry companies, professional societies and universities.
“The team continues to evaluate a broad range of options for strengthening the Pesticide Safety Education Program throughout the United States,” said Charles Moses, co-lead of the National Stakeholder Team, representing the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials. “This initiative is one important product of the team’s work and is now being implemented by a separate board.”
The board currently includes representatives from the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators, the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials, the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials, the Cooperative Extension Service, CropLife America, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Crop Protection, Syngenta, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Pest Management Policy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“Strong pesticide safety education programs throughout the U.S. benefit us all,” said Robert Magee, board co-chair and regional stewardship manager, DuPont Crop Protection.
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