- Category: Pesticides
- Published: Monday, 22 July 2013 21:11
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Investigation and Enforcement
- Understanding Investigations and Enforcement
- Understanding the Investigation and Enforcement Process (Slideshow)
Worker Protection Information
- How to Comply With the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides: What Employers Need to Know
- Protect Yourself from Pesticides: Guide for Agricultural Workers (in English and Spanish)
- Protect Yourself from Pesticides: Guide for Pesticide Handlers
- Worker Protection Standards (WPS)
- The proper handling and application of pesticides (15 min. interactive video)
Pesticides and the Environment
USDA Record Audits
Only individuals with a Private Applicators Pesticide License are subject to this type of audit. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds this program and conducts it through Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF). After reviewing Restricted Use Pesticide Dealer reports, to determine those Private Applicators that have purchased Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) UDAF contacts the Private Applicator for an inspection of their records.
This program does have penalties for not keeping records, but it is easy to comply with requirements of the law. UDAF is able to assist most people in keeping records and re-constructing inadequate records so that no violation takes place.
Information is compiled by USDA to be able to statistically report the use of pesticides to Congress and other entities.
Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP)
RUP Dealers License - Required for a business to sell RUP to licensed pesticide applicators.
Dealer sales inspections - Access RUP Product Sales Submission Records here. Dealers must log on with a personal identification number (PIN) provided when they obtain their RUP dealers license.
Market inspections are completed to make certain all pesticides sold within the State of Utah are registered to sell in Utah. These reviews are done in many types of retail stores in Utah where any type of pesticide is sold (not just RUP) to help determine if pesticides are registered, in good condition and viable for the consumer to use.
When occasion allows and sometimes by appointment, UDAF Compliance Specialists inspect Pesticide Applicators of all types by observing them during pesticide use and gathering information, basically insuring that the application of pesticide is done correctly.
A UDAF Compliance Specialist is sent to a site to investigate a complaint against an alleged pesticide applicator. This is for all types of applicator, license and not licensed. “It is a violation of Federal Law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling” is a statement found on many types of pesticide registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is the basis for most complaints. If you have a pesticide complaint, you can make it here (link) or by calling 801-538-7185.
All Commercial Pesticide Applicators are required to keep records on every application they make. Non-Commercial and Private Pesticide applicators are required to keep only records on RUP. These inspections may be done in conjunction with another investigation or as an investigation in itself. RUP dealers’ records are also conducted as described earlier. When requested, applicators must provide UDAF personnel with records.
- Example of a record keeping form - You are not required to keep records on this form, but all the information must be on your records.
- Record keeping instructions