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Pesticide Applicator: Pesticide Emergency Response Plans - Make Them Before You Need Them

It's a fact: The misuse of pesticides can cause harm, or worse, to non-target organisms, including you, your family, and your neighbors. 

Emergency Response Plans

You need to be prepared for emergencies such as spills and fires before they happen, recognize symptoms of pesticide exposure and how to administer first aid if needed.

The goal of this course is to introduce you to the different ways that people working with pesticides are exposed to pesticides.

Course Overview

In this emergency response plan course, we will also look at symptoms that may indicate unhealthy pesticide exposure.

This course also outlines how to make a plan for a pesticide emergency, and the steps to take if there is one.

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

  • Differentiate between allergic, acute, chronic and delayed reactions
  • Identify common exposure routes for various pesticides and application methods
  • Understand the hazard level classification system for pesticides, including signal words
  • Describe typical symptoms of pesticide exposure in humans
  • Discuss the appropriate first aid response to oral, ocular, dermal and inhalation exposures to pesticides
  • Monitor for other health risks, such as heat stress, that may occur during pesticide application
  • Explain how to develop and execute an emergency response plan
  • State how to dispose of contaminated materials resulting from a spill cleanup
  • Discuss how to implement cleanup procedures to lessen the environmental impact from a spill
  • List the items to include for emergency response equipment (e.g. spill kit, first aid kit, and PPE)

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. Coming soon.
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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