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Expanded from four chapters in the previous edition to 12, the third edition of “Pesticide Safety: A Study Manual for Private Applicators” aims to be more than just a study guide.

The manual, available for purchase in English and Spanish, provides much more detail on essential processes and procedures that will help keep applicators safe when using pesticides – as well as reduce the environmental impacts of pesticides. a bad app.

Published by the University of California for Agriculture and Natural Resources in conjunction with the State Department of Pesticide Regulation, the manual – intended for members of the agricultural community who own, manage or work on farms that use Restricted Use Pesticides – also includes substantial updates.

“The information in the book they were using was outdated,” said writer/editor Shannah Whithaus, editor for pesticide safety education with the World Wide Integrated Pest Management Program. ANR CPU Status. “Also, the book was much, much shorter than it needed to be, because it didn’t provide enough information for people to apply pesticides safely, given the complexity of the regulatory environment we currently find ourselves in.”

The new manual reflects significant changes to federal and state regulations since the previous edition was published in 2006.

“There are important regulatory updates that help you stay up to date with safety rules and standards – and protect your workers from overexposure to pesticides,” said Lisa Blecker, the publication’s technical editor and current educator. in Pesticide Safety at the State of Colorado. University.

As well as emphasizing the wider ecological ramifications of inappropriate pesticide use, the manual includes information on topics that might be overlooked in other manuals, such as the correct calibration of equipment to ensure the accuracy of the application.

“It’s all now in the book and fully fleshed out,” Whithaus said. “[Applicators] going to be able to do it much more efficiently using the new book, compared to the old one – it was really hard to be thorough in 80 pages.

The new edition – totaling over 200 substantive pages – also features a simpler, more user-friendly layout inspired by a sister publication, The Safe and Effective Use of Pesticides, written for commercial applicators.

“An important update is a layout that not only looks good, but helps you identify key information you need to know to perform safe and effective pesticide applications,” Blecker explained.

She pointed to the “expectations of knowledge” listed at the beginning of each chapter and in the margins of the book, next to the relevant passages. The statements serve as “visual cues” to help readers learn and retain the material they need to pass the California DPR Certification Exam for Private Applicators.

And while the manual functions as an enhanced study aid for owners, managers and workers who apply pesticides, it doubles as a reference they can turn to for years to come.

“It’s going to be able to serve as a reference manual, as opposed to just a study guide,” Whithaus said. “You can really use this book as a tool to help you manage your land better.”

The manual, listed at $29, is available for purchase in English at https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/Details.aspx?itemNo=3383 and in Spanish at https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/Details. aspx?itemNo=3394.

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