The USEPA issued changes to the decades old Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and the changes now require employers to train any employees who work with pesticides or pesticide equipment. The changes went into effect on January 2, 2017 and are effective immediately. Under the previous rules, the training requirements mostly applied to "workers" and not "handlers." That is no longer the case. Training of handler employees must be done annually, and prior to any employee starting any pesticide handling activity. Even farmers who employ persons who are not immediate family members must train their pesticide handler employees. With the warm winter temperatures, some of you may be considering the early application of herbicides. Please know that even your employees who are licensed as commercial pesticide operators MUST receive the WPS training before they perform any pesticide handling duties. Only Certified Commercial Applicators are exempt from the training requirement; operators are NOT exempt. IFCA has provided a simple overview of the requirements (click here) and we've listed training resources on our website at www.ifca.com under "In the News." USEPA has provided ...more
We've been getting calls asking how the new USEPA rules apply to farmers who own their own minibulks. If this is the case, and the farmer asks you to refill their minibulk, the minibulk must meet all the requirements of the new rule including: it must be a DOT approved package, the tank must be on the registrant's approved list of packages, it must have a unique identification number, contain one-way valves or tamper evident devices, and retesting is required every 2.5 years from date of manufacture. The tank must also be properly labeled for the product it contains. If the farmer brings the tank to you for refilling and the one-way valve or tamper evident devices are not intact, proof that the tank was properly cleaned must be provided by the farmer in writing to the refiller, or the refiller needs to clean the tank before filling it. Remember that minibulks that you use in your custom application business are "service containers" and are not subject to this regulation. USEPA has provided an updated powerpoint presentation that provides a good overview of the rule with commonly asked questions. You ...more
Storage Tank Buoyance USEPA requires pesticide storage tanks to be anchored or elevated. Tanks with product in them are considered anchored according to USEPA guidance. Please click on the link to view a document that will help calculate buoyancy of pesticde storage tanks.
There is no reason to throw your empty pesticide containers in the trash! USEPA is watching our industry closely due to the fact that the number of pounds of recycling pesticide containers continues to decline. Yes, more pesticide is going to bulk, we the reality is that we still know there are far more pounds of small jugs being distributed than are being recycled. IFCA in conjunction with Illinois Department of Agriculture and GROWMARK is currently working on enhancements to the container recycling program for 2 1/2 gallon pesticide jugs and mini-bulk containers. The company that will be picking up the plastic and recycling it is Container Services Network (CSN). In the past, IDA has chipped the plastic jugs on site at approximately 30 retail locations throughout the state and will continue with that program. The four permanent chipping sites will also continue. But in addition, we can provide retailers with clear plastic bags which can hold approximately 50-60 2 1/2 gallon jugs. If you can come up with 800 lbs or more of jugs in these bags, the recycler is willing to come to a facility to pick up the bags ...more