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PEST MANAGEMENT DIVISION
07.08.2020 - In consideration of social distancing, venue closings, and meeting cancellations in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Arizona Department of Agriculture is extending Applicator Certification (CA and QA) expiration dates again: this time through August 31, 2020.
This will provide the regulated community atotal of 90 additional days to obtain the continuing education required to renew.
View a list of available CE Classes here. The list can be filtered to display "Online Only" classes.
Important Information About Disinfection Services
"There is no license category for the use of antimicrobials and disinfectants, nor is there an exam for such products. While such products may be considered (in the legal sense) a pesticide, they are pretty much the same type of products janitorial and custodial workers use; yet, we do not require them to be licensed. In fact, there is an exemption in our laws for those who use such products. Anyone creating a "Covid-19" disinfection service" in Arizona should note that it is not a program that we as an agency have recommended or promoted, anymore than we would of a cleaning company applying disinfectants. However, because disinfectants are classified by EPA to be pesticides, and because we have primacy over the use of a pesticide in Arizona, we will still enforce the laws as it relates to label instructions."
- Vince Craig, Associate Director
Arizona Department of Agriculture, Pest Management Division
SPAR of the Year
Congrats to Stu Keenan, recipient of the National Pest Management Association 2020 SPAR of the Year Award! Stu was recognized as part of PestWorld 2020 for being an influential State Policy Affairs Representative(SPAR) who has bolstered and defended the structural pest management industry in 2020. Thank you for your hard work and dedication, Stu!
June 18, 2020
State of Arizona Executive Order 2020-40:
Containing the Spread of COVID-19
Continuing Arizona Mitigation Efforts
Governor Ducey's June 18th Executive Order states that “businesses shall assist in efforts to ‘Contain the Spread’, by updating and enforcing written polices in accordance with the Executive Order 2020-36, Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger, that adopt guidance from the CDC, Department of Labor, Occupational safety and Health administration (OSHA) and ADHS to limit and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This provision shall be enforced by law enforcement and regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over the business as prescribed in paragraph 5.
Help Us Get SB 1304 Passed!
The Arizona Pest Professional Organization needs your help! In an attempt to curb the number of unlicensed individuals providing structural pest control throughout the state, AzPPO needs your help to encourage the Legislature to pass SB 1304 (pest management; unlicensed business activity) and address this important safety issue. Read more
AzPPO provides pest professionals with expert advice on inspection reporting, pest applications, state mandated information, reporting requirements, CE requirements, OSHA requirements and MORE!
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