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Using PPE in Pesticide Application

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. 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 will help you prepare for the Oregon pesticide certification exams. This course can also serve as one continuing education credit if you are currently a certified pesticide applicator or consultant, or a licensed pesticide apprentice. It is designed to take approximately one hour to complete.

What You'll Learn

In this course you'll learn how 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.
  • Explain the importance of State criteria to properly select skin, eye, and respiratory protection required by the pesticide label based upon your expected use and exposure.

Who Should Take This Course?

Students studying for Oregon's pesticide certification exams will benefit from this course as it covers materials from the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual, the basis for the exam.

Current license holders may use this course to earn recertification credits for their applicators license.

Pest management professionals can use this course as part of a training program for their applicator crews and to reinforce the importance of personal protective equipment when using pesticides.

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Miranda Dudzik

Miranda is the Pesticide Safety Educator at the Pesticide Safety Education Program at Oregon State University. Her background includes teaching biology, animal science and healthcare courses at the college level. Miranda brings to PSEP her expertise in online curriculum and course design that aims to provide quality online continuing education for pesticide applicators around the state.

Chris Hedstrom

Chris earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oregon State University where he studied entomology and integrated pest management. Before joining the Oregon IPM Center in 2019 as IPM Outreach and Communications coordinator, he worked for the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Insect Pest Prevention and Management program in a variety of roles including imaging specialist, biological control specialist and invasive species response coordinator.

Miranda Dudzik

Miranda is an OSU alumna with a background in Biology, Chemistry, and Toxicology. She brings to PSEP over a decade of experience in adult education, including online education and curriculum design. Miranda currently develops and coordinates online recertification courses, assists with webinar course planning, and is working on a new pre-licensing program to help applicators prepare for their certification exams. She is passionate about creating inclusive and accessible learning opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and native languages.

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