Guam EPA partnering with GHRA to offer pesticide trainings

26 June 2014

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) Pesticides Enforcement Program is partnering with the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association (GHRA) to host several trainings next month.

The trainings will run from July 7 to July 11 and include various courses for managers, private pesticide trainers, employees who use pesticides at work, farmers, landscapers and golf course managers. Interested parties can apply with GHRA or by calling Guam EPA at 300-4751/52/53.

“Our goal is to make sure everyone using pesticides as part of their work is doing it safely. This is key to protecting the health of all employees as well as our environment,” said Guam EPA Administrator Eric M. Palacios. “Guam EPA is happy to partner with private organizations, including GHRA, to make this type of training available.”

Four types of training will be offered. Three of the courses focus on Basic Training A (BT-A). The fourth course will focus on Worker Protection Standards (WPS).

BT-A certification is required for worker who handle pesticides, including antimicrobial pesticides like Lysol or other cleaners. Pesticide regulations also apply to many workers employed at hotels, government agencies, private maintenance operations and other companies.

The first course offered is for individuals who are interested in becoming certified trainers. The course is two days and and runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 7 and 8, at the Hotel Nikko Guam. Attendees who pass will receive their license to teach the BT-A course.

The second certification is a refresher for individuals who are already certified to teach BT-A courses. Two four-hour refresher courses are being offered on Wednesday, July 9, at the Hotel Nikko Guam.

The third certification is the actual BT-A class. BT-A certification is required for all BT-A trainers. This course will be offered twice on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

The final course focuses on WPS and is offered for farmers, landscapers and golf course managers. The course runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Verona Resort and Spa in Tumon.

Applications for each class are available for download below:

The regulations requiring BT-A certification were adopted in 2011. Guam EPA partnered with GHRA to offer a similar set of courses in 2011. That year 52 people were certified as trainers for the BT-A course. Since 2011, more than 4,500 individuals received their BT-A certification.

A pesticide is defined as any substance designed to kill or mitigate a pest. Legal pesticides have a small U.S. EPA registration number on the label. Registered pesticides must have information about proper storage, use, disposal of the product and what to do in an emergency situation.

For more information about the Pesticide Enforcement Program, or to the training, please contact Tammy Jo Anderson Taft at 300-4751, 988-7582 or email TammyJoAnderson.Taft@epa.guam.gov. For more information about GHRA, call 646-7469.