Go the Course

  • 30 August 2018
  • Author: Frederika Bain
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Go the Course

Cooperative Extension will be offering a Pesticide Reduced-Risk Education Short Course on O‘ahu on October 16–17. This in-depth two-day short course will educate participants about handling pesticides, including herbicides, in ways that will reduce risks to people and our environment. It will be held at the Urban Garden Center, from 8:15 to 4:00 each day. The course will benefit those who want to prepare for the HDOA’s examination for restricted-use pesticide certification or just be better informed about handling pesticides properly. Topics covered will include types and formulations of pesticides; importance of a pesticide product’s labeling and safety data sheet; laws and regulations about buying, storing, transporting, applying, and disposing of pesticides; concepts and components of integrated pest management; common pests’ general identification features and life cycles; application methods; main parts of common spraying equipment; dilution and dosage instructions on pesticide labels; calculating sizes of treatment sites; movement of pesticides in the environment; problems resulting from pesticides in the environment; hazards to pesticide handlers; protective clothing and safety equipment; mixing, loading, application, transport, storage, and disposal of pesticides; washing work clothing; and preparing for accidental pesticide exposure. The deadline for registration is September 18, and enrollment is limited to 20 people. The registration form is available either from the instructor or by downloading a blank or fillable form. The registration fee is $100 for the short course, including classroom handouts but not specific study guides for the certification exam. No food or beverages will be provided. For more information, you can contact the Agricultural Diagnostic Service Center at 956-6706 (Honolulu) or the instructor at 808-956-6007 (Honolulu) or cynagami@hawaii.edu.