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Pesticide Applicator: Personal Protective Equipment - PPE is your new BFF

Due to demand, we are opening registration for this program soon! If you fill out the request form, we can alert you when it's available.

Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is the first line of defense in protecting the applicator from harm.

Proper selection, handling, and maintenance of PPE is an essential part of that defense system.

Personal Protective Equipment

In this course, you will be introduced to the variety of equipment that will protect you against pesticide exposure.

You will practice choosing the appropriate equipment based on label information, and learn how to inspect, clean and maintain, and dispose of PPE safely.

This course is the sixth in a series that is intended to help you prepare for the Oregon pesticide certification exams. 

Course Overview

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify where on the label to find the minimum clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) required to handle a given pesticide product.
  • List three work practices each for correct use of gloves, footwear, and eyewear that minimize pesticide exposure and contamination.
  • List the signs of wear and tear, damage, or other PPE failures that may expose you to pesticides.
  • Identify when to replace particulate filters and chemical cartridges or canisters on your respirator.

Earning Oregon Applicator CEU's

To earn pesticide recertification credits, this ODA-approved course must be completed in the following order:

  1. Statement of Identity
  2. Lesson
  3. Final Review

This course is self-paced and does not have an instructor.

Pesticide Recertification Credit

This online course is approved for Oregon Department of Agriculture's pesticide applicator recertification credit.

The following courses are also currently approved by ODA's Pesticide Certification and license renewal:

On demand. Begins March 2024
1 hour
price (2)
Additional Information:
1 CORE ODA pesticide credit.


Kaci Buhl

Kaci Buhl is an Associate Professor of Practice at Oregon State University (OSU). She coordinates the Statewide Pesticide Safety Education Program, working to educate professional pesticide applicators. On the national level, Ms. Buhl is the Deputy Director of the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative, which creates pesticide manuals, exams, and other resources for professionals. She studied integrated pest management (IPM) at Michigan State University and previously coordinated the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC).

Jessica Green
Jessica Green is the outreach coordinator for PSEP, and has worked in agricultural pest management at Oregon State since 2012. She has designed and conducted many pesticide trials and is a contributing author and editor for the PNW Insect and Weed Management Handbooks. Ms. Green has specific training in adult education and how to make learning accessible to diverse audiences. She worked on the development team to finalize these training materials and format them into an easy, self-paced, e-learning format. 

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