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About the Pesticide Control Program

The PESTICIDE CONTROL PROGRAM (PCP) is primarily responsible for ensuring compliance with federal and state laws and regulations regarding the use, sale, transport, disposal, manufacture, and storage of pesticides in the state of New Jersey. It also promotes pollution prevention and pesticide use reduction through training and outreach activities involving Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The Program consists of the Bureau of Licensing & Pesticide Operations and the Bureau of Pesticide Compliance.

The BUREAU OF LICENSING & PESTICIDE OPERATIONS is responsible for the certification and licensing of agricultural and commercial users of pesticides, and pesticide dealers. It registers all pesticide products sold, used or manufactured in the state; reviews and processes permits for the use of pesticides in aquatic sites and for large scale mosquito or fly control programs; and registers beekeepers for notification purposes. Computer applications that manage the applicator and dealer licensing program, product registrations and permit programs are also maintained by the bureau.

Certification and Registration Section

  • Certification exam development and administration for pesticide applicator and dealer licensing.
  • Certification training manual development and revision for pesticide applicator and dealer licensing.
  • Evaluate and monitor continuing education courses for pesticide applicator licensing, which includes promotion of the concept of integrated pest management (IPM).
  • Register pesticide products, and license pesticide dealers, dealer businesses, certified applicators, commercial operators, and applicator businesses.
  • Review and issue special pesticide product registrations for special local needs and emergency conditions as per the provisions of Section 18 and 24(c) of the Federal Pesticide Law FIFRA.
  • Follow-up on unlicensed pesticide applicator business operations and verify liability insurance coverage.

Permits Unit

  • Review and issue mosquito/fly control permits for large scale control programs, which includes field inspections and monitoring.
  • Review and issue aquatic pesticide permits for all pesticide applications to aquatic sites, which includes field inspections and monitoring.
  • Analyse permit pesticide use data, develop permit application guidelines, and participate in applicator training, including promoting the use of IPM in permit applications.

The BUREAU OF PESTICIDE COMPLIANCE is responsible for enforcing the state code and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Routine inspections, compliance assistance, and complaint investigations are conducted at commercial applicator businesses (such as pest control operators and lawn care companies), and farms. Environmental sampling is conducted to determine violations and to decide if any pesticide contamination must be removed. The bureau is also responsible for enforcing the recently adopted Worker Protection Standard that involves the protection of 40,000 agricultural workers on New Jersey farms and nurseries. Environmental monitoring is also one of the Bureau's functions to determine where problems may exist before damages occur.

Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Unit

  • Reduce the risk of pesticide exposure to agricultural workers and pesticide handlers (persons who apply, mix or load pesticides) who work in farm, nursery, greenhouse and forest operations.
  • Enforce federal rules adopted into the state Pesticide Control Code and performing educational outreach regarding the WPS requirements for pesticide safety training, personal protective equipment, restricted entry intervals for pesticide treated fields, and other safety measures.

Pesticide Evaluation & Monitoring Section

  • Conduct environmental monitoring and routine pesticide use surveys.
  • Perform hazard assessments on pesticide issues.
  • Laboratory analysis of pesticide samples taken for compliance activities, environmental monitoring.

CEHA (County Environmental Health Act) Position

  • Coordinate pesticide enforcement work delegated to county health departments by the DEP.
  • Coordinate DEP review of local pesticide ordinances.

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