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Pesticide Training Held

Recently, tribal, state and Environmental Protection Agency officials participated in the 2018 Tribal PIRT — Pesticide Inspector Regulatory Training.

 


Federally certified pesticide inspectors are required to attend a PIRT each year to keep their credentials. Credentials give the authority to conduct inspections on state or tribal land. Inspections are conducted to determine if people are properly using and storing pesticides as well as making sure they keep themselves and others around them safe while using pesticides.
A PIRT is used to teach new and existing pesticide inspectors skills and techniques that pertain to conducting inspections.
Martina Wilson, the Fort Peck Tribes Office of Environmental Protection federal inspector, took on the task of hosting the biannually Tribal PIRT. She developed the agenda for the meeting and invited other inspectors to attend.
Tribal inspectors from Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Gila River Indian Community, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes, Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians, California Indian Basketweavers Association, Colorado River Indian Tribe, Navajo Nation, Seminole Tribe, Yakima Nation and White Earth Ojibwe Tribe were in attendance.
State inspectors from Wisconsin, Louisiana, New Jersey, California and Montana were in attendance. There was also an attendee from the non-profit organization, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona.
Montana is in Region 8 under EPA’s jurisdictions and five people from the Denver office were in attendance, as well.
One topic discussed was what kind of samples should be collected when out on an inspection case. Presenters Eric Gjevre, Jasmine Courville-Brown and Diana DeYoung gave demonstrations on how to collect a vegetation sample, a wipe sample and a soil sample respectively. Participants got hands-on experience on the proper way to collect each type of sample.
The first day, inspectors were given presentations on the enforcement process for a case, how to interpret lab results when samples are sent in, how to do an antimicrobial inspection and the proper way to write an inspection report.
The second day, inspectors were given presentations on the proper steps to take to conduct a complete worker protection standard inspection and a non-agricultural use inspection, how to interpret pesticide labels, alternatives to pesticide use and inspector successful case stories. The day was finished up with a mock scenario where the group interviewed a farm owner, a commercial applicator, and a worker (all portrayed by inspectors).
The third and final day consisted of presentations on what certification and training is needed for growers, does a community need a pesticide program, the tribal pesticide program council, how to develop and update a quality assurance project plan, how to do a bee kill investigation and what respirators are needed for certain chemicals.
For anyone with pesticide concerns or questions, contact Martina Wilson, the pesticide inspector, may be reached at 768-2329 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.