Pesticide Safety Trainer Courses postponed amid COVID-19; modified method of delivery in the works.
In light of the current nationwide COVID-19 situation, and following CDC’s recommendations, the Arizona Department of Agriculture has postponed any and all meetings or training sessions where more than 10 persons are expected to attend. This is the case with our Pesticide Safety Trainer (PST) courses.
If you registered for a March or April PST course in Yuma, you received a reimbursement and an email stating the courses have been postponed.
We will soon be announcing dates and locations for refresher courses in Yuma. These courses will take place in an outdoor setting and in small groups. Seating will be set up where no one is sitting within 6 feet of another attendee or an instructor.
Registrants will be asked to not attend if they are showing any COVID-19 symptoms. These include: fever, dry cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tiredness, aches, runny nose and sore throat. Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of other attendees and PST course instructors, those showing obvious signs of illness will not be permitted to remain at the course site. We hope everyone understands.
As usual, training materials will be provided to every registrant. These training materials, which are approved by the EPA, include course handouts and a USB flash drive. The drive includes all PowerPoint presentations used during the course, a number of trainer resources (including EPA posters) as well as the AZDA/EPA approved Pesticide Safety Training Video for workers and handlers. Both English and Spanish versions of the video are included.
Dates for full PST courses have not yet been determined by ESD leadership but will be announced on our website as soon as they are available.