If you apply pesticides on your employer's or customer's land or sites.
Pesticide safety and certification
Responsible management of pests and pesticides is essential to public health, safety and environmental protection. Extension provides education for anyone who use pesticides at home, on farms, in buildings and managing natural resources and landscapes.
We are working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to develop remote training opportunities for Fall 2020. Please check this page for updates or send your email address to email@example.com to receive an email update. Type "Email Notification Request" in the subject line.
The full list of opportunities should be posted by September 1, 2020.
Many pesticide products on the market require a respirator for safe use. In order to safely wear a respirator and comply with the Worker Protection Standard, you must be medically cleared and fit tested. Check with your local clinic about both of these procedures. If your clinic does not offer these services, the following options are available:
Online medical clearance options
The map below shows places around the state that offer fit testing. Some are small businesses, others include clinics and co-ops. Some of these fit testing sites require you to bring a respirator and others have samples to try. Click on each site on the map for details.
Learn more about respirators
- Four steps to choosing the right respirator and wearing it safely
- Respiratory Protection for Occupational Users of Pesticides - Rutgers
- Pesticide Worker Protection Standard “How to Comply” Manual - EPA
- WPS Respiratory Protection Guide: Requirements for Employers of Pesticide Handlers - Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative