The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) states that “when pesticides are used according to their label, they do not pose an unreasonable risk of harm to people or the environment”. That statement all depends on “when used according to the label”, meaning the user understands the correct and safe way to utilize that product. The entire month of February is National Pesticide Safety Education Month and like last year I will be doing a series of blogs celebrating this.
Last year the focus was on the parts of a pesticide label, and if you would like to see that entire series click here. The label is where safety begins and is the most critical document for pesticide applicators. The focus this year is going to be a little different. Now the focus is the groups and organizations working in pesticide safety. Following the pesticide label is ultimately the applicators responsibility. There are many people that help teach how to do that most effectively.
So, check back all month long as we check in with these groups. For me pesticide safety is an everyday focus all year long. It is very exciting to know that for everyone February is the National Pesticide Safety Education Month.
Parts of a herbicide label series – https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/pesticideinformation/tag/parts-of-a-pesticide-label/
Pesticide Stewardship – https://pesticidestewardship.org/national-pesticide-safety-education-month/