The Pesticide Safety Program applies to licensed pesticide handlers working with restricted-use pesticides on SFA property. This program is designed to ensure these employees are properly trained and aware of the hazards they may be exposed to while working with pesticides on the university grounds. This program also provides instructions to reduce take-home exposure from pesticides on work clothing. SFA’s Pesticide Safety Program also fulfills the requirements of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) regulating pesticide safety and worker protection standards through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Pesticides use chemicals to eliminate pests and protect crops. The four most common pesticides are insecticides to control insects, herbicides to control weeds, fungicides to control plant diseases and rodenticides/pesticides to control other pests such as rodents and birds. Commercial pesticides are poisonous and can be extremely dangerous to humans and the environment. Before applying commercial pesticides always use caution and consider your safety, the safety of others and the safety of the environment.