Pesticide Worker Safety Programs (education, outreach, and regulatory process) are needed to reduce risks of pesticide poisonings and injuries in human communities, including those disproportionately impacted by environmental burdens, while recognizing the importance of the appropriate and competent use of pesticides for protection of food, fiber, homes, and health. Certification of Applicators (40CFR171), the Worker Protection Standard (40CFR170), and a trained health care provider community are cornerstone tools for realizing reduced pesticide risks. Regionally, nationally, and internationally, NASDARF intends to:
- use existing coalitions and build new ones (community-based organizations, businesses, educators, researchers, health care providers, regulators, subject matter experts, ag retailers),
- assess needs of several “communities” (children, families, workers, handlers, applicators, ag retailers, health care providers),
- develop practical, strategic, and creative community-based action plans to enhance risk reduction and contain spills,
- convene teams to develop resources, including, but not limited to: workshops, hands-on training, fact sheets, manuals, exams, Web, DVDs, webinars, and
- evaluate and report the outputs/outcomes.
NASDA Research Foundation (NASDARF), under a Cooperative Agreement (X8-83456201) with US EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, is working to enhance Pesticide Safety Programs. The current FY2011-15 agreement continues the efforts of previous cooperative agreements.