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Introduction to Connecticut's Lawn Pesticide Laws
« on: April 07, 2011, 03:06:37 PM »
This introduction is intended to be a brief "nuts and bolts" version of the laws affecting lawn pesticide use at all Connecticut’s public and private schools.

LAWN PESTICIDE APPLICATIONS

As the law stands now, The use of all lawn pesticides registered by the Environmental Protection Agency are banned from the grounds of all public and private schools with children in grades K-8.  This includes athletic fields.  If a high school shares a campus with elementary or middle school children, then the ban applies to the high school as well

Pesticides must be applied by a licensed supervisory applicator or by an licensed operational applicator under the direction of a licensed supervisory applicator.

Supervisory certification is required for applicators responsible for deciding whether pesticides are to be employed, how they are mixed, where they are employed, what pesticides are used, the dosages and timing involved in the pesticide use, and the methods of application and precautions to be taken in the use of such pesticides. Operational certification is required for applicators who actively use pesticides in other than a supervisory capacity.

Pesticide applicators must maintain records with respect to their use of and supervision of the use of pesticides. These records must be maintained for not less than five years after the date of application and must include, but not be limited to, the
  • (1) name and certification number of the commercial supervisor and the commercial operator,
  • (2) kind and amount of pesticide used,
  • (3) date and place of application,
  • (4) pest treated for, and
  • (5) crop or site treated.

Pesticide application records can be kept at a central location such as the Building and Grounds Department or at the individual school.  A commercial applicator who is not an employee of the school, is required to provide the school with a copy of the required record of each pesticide application.

These records are public information and subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT AND PESTICIDE NOTIFICATION

All Boards of Education (BOE) of schools with an Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) are required to provide:
  • a) Staff with written information about implementing IPM
  • b) Parents with a summary of IPM policy, and
  • c) Both parents and staff with information about how to register for notification of pesticide applications

BOE of schools without an IPM plan are required to provide:
  • a) Staff and parents with written information about implementing pesticide policy and a description of pesticide applications during the previous year
  • b) Both parents and staff with information about how to register for notification of pesticide applications

Schools must keep a registry of those requesting notification. For each pesticide application notification must include:

  • a) Product name
  • b) Product registration #
  • c) Manufacturer
  • d) Active ingredients
  • e) Signal word
  • f) Emergency phone # (if listed)
  • g) Precautionary statements about:
    • Environmental hazards
    • Human hazards
    • Animal hazards
    • Emergency treatment
    • Reentry time
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