Paraquat Handling & Use Requires EPA Certification

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Due to the increased number of severe health incidents associated with use of paraquat dichloride (paraquat), the EPA has mandated changes in labeling and training for all products containing paraquat. New labels are anticipated to arrive Fall 2019. These changes require that anyone handling or using these products must:

  • Be a state licensed pesticide applicator; and,
  • Obtain certification through an EPA’s Training Module or other EPA approved training.

The EPA Training Module is web-based. Upon completion of the training, a short test is provided. When a passing score is obtained, a certification of training will be generated. Multiple attempts to obtain 100% score may be necessary. This certification process must be renewed every three years. For a complete overview of the requirements see, Paraquat Dichloride Training for Certified Applicators .

Currently, the EPA is the only agency providing this certification. As such, each certified pesticide applicator must obtain this certification and maintain their own records. However, paraquat registrants have arranged for the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) to retain certification records should the user, state regulators, or enforcement personnel need access.