Effective and comprehensive pesticide use compliance monitoring is essential to assuring the safety of pesticide handlers, fieldworkers, the public, and the environment. Since many pesticides are used in non-agricultural settings (water treatment plants, landscapes, parks, food service facilities, hospitals, golf courses, homes, schools, etc.) our office also monitors non-agricultural uses of pesticides. Compliance monitoring includes pesticide use and records inspections, surveillance, episode and complaint investigations.
- Pesticide Use and Records Inspections and Surveillance
- Episode and Complaint Investigations
Pesticide Use and Records Inspections and Surveillance
Agricultural Inspectors and Biologists conduct on-site pesticide application, field worker safety, pesticide storage, disposal and record audit inspections. Most inspections are unannounced, and inspectors prioritize inspections based on the pesticide toxicity and formulation; proximity to environmentally sensitive areas (lakes, endangered species habitat, etc.); proximity to residences, schools, or other sensitive sites (hospital, nursing home, etc.); proximity to surrounding areas where workers or the public may be present; the number of employees engaged in pesticide related activities; the type of application method; and the company’s history of violations or complaints.
Episode and Complaint Investigations
Agricultural Inspectors and Biologists investigate pesticide episodes and complaints that may involve potential or actual human illness or injury, property damage, loss or contamination, and environmental effects. Information gathered during these investigations is used to determine possible violations of pesticide laws and regulations and subsequent enforcement actions. Investigative reports are also used by state and federal agencies to evaluate pesticide use patterns and in identifying broader statewide or national issues. Our investigative reports receive close review and scrutiny from the Legislature, US EPA, other government agencies, the agricultural industry and special interest groups.