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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC

DIVISION 7. AGRICULTURAL CHEMICALS, LIVESTOCK REMEDIES, AND COMMERCIAL FEEDS [12500 - 15340]

  ( Division 7 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

CHAPTER 2. Pesticides [12751 - 13192]

  ( Heading of Chapter 2 amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 361, Sec. 26. )

ARTICLE 10.5. Pesticides and Worker Safety [12980 - 12988]
  ( Article 10.5 added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 794. )

12980.
  

The Legislature hereby finds and declares that it is necessary and desirable to provide for the safe use of pesticides and for safe working conditions for farmworkers, pest control applicators, and other persons handling, storing, or applying pesticides, or working in and about pesticide-treated areas.

The Legislature further finds and declares that the development of regulations relating to pesticides and worker safety should be the joint and mutual responsibility of the Department of Food and Agriculture and the State Department of Health Services.

The Legislature further finds and declares that in carrying out the provisions of this article, the University of California, the Department of Industrial Relations, and any other similar institution or agency should be consulted.

(Amended by Stats. 1978, Ch. 429. Note: See this section as modified on July 17, 1991, in Governor's Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1991.)

12981.
  

The director shall adopt regulations to carry out the provisions of this article. Such regulations shall include, but are not limited to, all of the following subjects:

(a) Restricting worker reentry into areas treated with pesticides determined by the director to be hazardous to worker safety by using either or both of the following:

(1) Time limits.

(2) Pesticide residue levels on treated plant parts determined by scientific analysis to not be a significant factor in cholinesterase depression or other health effects.

When the director has adopted regulations pursuant to both paragraphs (1) and (2), the person in control of the area treated with the pesticide shall have the option of following regulations adopted pursuant to either paragraph (1) or (2). If the person in control of the area treated with the pesticide chooses to follow regulations adopted pursuant to paragraph (2), the director may establish and charge the person a fee necessary to cover any costs of analysis or costs incurred by the director or commissioner in carrying out regulations adopted pursuant to paragraph (2). The regulations shall include a procedure for the collection of the fee, and the fee shall not exceed actual cost.

(b) Handling of pesticides.

(c) Hand washing facilities.

(d) Farm storage and commercial warehousing of pesticides.

(e) Protective devices, including, but not limited to, respirators and eyeglasses.

(f) Posting, in English and Spanish, of fields, areas, adjacent areas or fields, or storage areas.

The State Department of Health Services shall participate in the development of any regulations adopted pursuant to this article. Such regulations that relate to health effects shall be based upon the recommendations of the State Department of Health Services. The original written recommendations of the State Department of Health Services, any subsequent revisions of those recommendations, and the supporting evidence and data upon which the recommendations were based shall be made available upon request to any person.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 926. Effective September 18, 1980. Note: See this section as modified on July 17, 1991, in Governor's Reorganization Plan No. 1 of 1991.)

12982.
  

The director and the commissioner of each county under the direction and supervision of the director, shall enforce the provisions of this article and the regulations adopted pursuant to it. The local health officer may assist the director and the commissioner in the enforcement of the provisions of this article and any regulations adopted pursuant to it. The local health officer shall investigate any condition where a health hazard from pesticide use exists, and shall take necessary action, in cooperation with the commissioner, to abate the condition. The local health officer may call upon the State Department of Health Services for assistance pursuant to Section 105210 of the Health and Safety Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1023, Sec. 53. Effective September 29, 1996.)

12985.
  

Any person who orders an employee to enter an area posted with a warning sign in violation of any worker safety reentry requirements promulgated pursuant to this article by the director is guilty of a misdemeanor. A violation of this article affecting any worker or workers constitutes a separate offense for each affected worker.

(Added by Stats. 1985, Ch. 840, Sec. 2.)

12986.
  

(a) The director shall approve programs for training persons who handle or apply pesticides in aerial pest control operations. The training programs shall be consistent with, but not limited to, this article and may include participation by trainees in field practices or exercises dealing with the safe handling and application of pesticides and may include performance measurement of the practices and exercises.

(b) The approved training programs shall be conducted by industry qualified instructors. Industry qualified instructors are persons approved by the director.

(c) All persons who successfully complete an approved training program shall be issued a certificate of completion by industry qualified instructors, which shall be available for inspection by the director or a commissioner, or his or her representative. When the person completing an approved training program attended the program at the request or expense of the person’s employer, the employer shall be provided a copy of the certificate of completion, which also shall be available for inspection by the director or a commissioner, or his or her representative.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 746, Sec. 2.)

12987.
  

The director shall require registrants of pesticides to submit the data necessary to perform the director’s duties under this article.

(Added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 274, Sec. 1.)

12988.
  

No pesticide may be registered or reregistered unless the director determines that the registrant has complied with this article.

(Added by Stats. 1991, Ch. 274, Sec. 2.)

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