The Pesticide regulations of California require safe, responsible handling of pesticides from the time of purchase through transportation, storage, usage and disposal.
The enforcement of the regulations by this department applies to all agricultural, non-agricultural and structural usage. This program provides protection the environment, the public and the employees of the businesses that handle pesticides. To ensure that the regulations are being complied with, we must identify the users and sellers, plus we must track the type, amount and location where the pesticides are being used. The more toxic pesticides are regulated under the restricted material permit program. A Notice of Intent (NOI) to apply the more dangerous pesticides must be given to us at least 24 hours before the application of the restricted materials. This allows us time to inspect the proposed site prior to the application so that we can require additional safety measures as needed.
We also perform audits of all pesticide records associated with licensed applicators, dealers and advisors to ensure compliance with all legal requirements. Commercial application equipment is inspected to ensure safe operating condition. Private application equipment is spot-checked as necessary. Worker Health and Safety inspections are made, as well as crop sampling for pesticide residue analysis. Pesticide investigations are a high priority for us. Whenever we receive a pesticide complaint or if we discover a problem with the use of a pesticide, we immediately investigate concerning the environmental impacts and any related pesticide illness. We respond to pesticide spills and to fires that may be encompassing pesticide storage areas. Whenever a violation is discovered during an investigation, appropriate action is taken.
We believe that training and education in the safe use of pesticides are key factors in eliminating regulatory violations, which benefits everyone.