The Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) focuses on anyone who decides to use a pesticide. This includes commercial pesticide applicators like lawn and grounds maintenance pesticide applicators, and golf course superintendents. Private pesticide applicators like farmers, nurserymen or greenhouse growers who use pesticides to produce an agricultural commodity and who may use restricted-use pesticides. Additionally, any consumer who may be looking for information about how to safely handle and use a pesticide.The goals of this program are to ensure that anyone using pesticides uses them safely. Pesticides are important tools in pest management, but they and must be respected for what they are and handled in a manner that protects the applicator, the public, the environment and our food supply.
State and Federal law mandates that people who apply pesticides for hire or are using restricted-use pesticides in agriculture are certified pesticide applicators. As such they must demonstrate their knowledge by passing a written exam that tests their and understanding of pesticides, how to determine when they are called for and how to safely and effectively use them when they are needed.
The State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection certifies pesticide applicators and UConn through the College of Agriculture Health and Natural Resources Extension offers training on the safe use and handling of pesticides for applicators.