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Pesticide Review Board Update March 2014

26 Mar 2014 8:34 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)

Pesticide Review Board

UPDATE - March 2014

To:  All IPLLA Members

The Indiana Pesticide Review Board met at the Daniels Turf Center at Purdue University on Friday February 28, 2014.  Below is a brief summary of the items on the agenda.

  • 1.      The Office of Indiana State Chemist is conducting an online review of pesticide products entering Indiana. In a number of cases, product manufactured outside of Indiana and then shipped to customers in the state, is not properly registered either with the Office of Indiana State Chemist, or with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, or both.  Enforcement action is being taken where required.

  • 2.      OISC field investigators reported a number violations in which unlicensed applicators were making weed control applications without being properly supervised.

  • 3.      We also see some violations in which a person who passes the Registered Technician exam, then fails to apply for his or her actual license.  Once an employee passes the RT exam, it is then the employer’s responsibility to apply for the license itself. This entails payment of $45.00 for the annual license fee.  Until that license is obtained, the employee is not a Registered Technician.

  • 4.      The State Chemist continues to investigate misbranded products for Bed Bug control that are being sold over the internet.  Such products sometimes are found to carry misleading or false statements regarding the quality of control offered.  In other cases, the product uses an EPA or USDA logo on their packaging to imply that the product has received some sort of endorsement from either of these two agencies.

  • 5.      Representatives of Category 12 (Wood Destroying Pest Inspectors) appeared before the Board to object to the requirement that such inspectors must carry Errors and Omissions Coverage in addition to their normal liability insurance.  The group indicated that the coverage is overly expensive and the deductible too high.  The coverage is currently required to protect property owners from damage that may occur as a result of an inaccurate wood destroying pest inspection.  Their objection will be further discussed at a future meeting of the Board.

Bob Andrews
Executive Director – IPLLA
Member – Indiana Pesticide Review Board

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