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Policy E9
Policy Name: Pesticide Application/Handling
Responsibility for Maintenance: Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety; Facilities

I. Policy Statement  

Pesticides are dangerous to people and the environment if mishandled or misused. Onondaga Community College strives to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations pertaining to the use and Application of Pesticides, and seeks to ensure that all individuals involved with Pesticides have access to and knowledge of the related legal framework, appropriate safety concerns, procedures, and understanding of College resources relating to Pesticides.

II. Reason for Policy  

The College engages in the Application of Pesticides in specific circumstances, and is required to comply with the New York Environmental Conservation Law and the regulations set forth at Title 6 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR), Part 325 et seq., as well as applicable federal requirements.

III. Applicability of the Policy  

This policy applies to all College personnel who label, store, use, transport, dispose of, or clean up spills of pesticides. In addition, notification requirements are imposed on Campus facilities and the College’s Childcare Facility.

IV. Related Documents  

  • Title 6 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Part 325 – Application of Pesticides
  • Title 6 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Part 326 – Registration and Classification of Pesticides
  • Any additional applicable pesticide regulations related to the specific work performed at the College.
  • Childcare Facility Pesticide Notification form

V. Contacts  

Subject Office Name Title or Position Telephone Number Email/URL

Notification of Pesticide Application

Assurance of Required Certifications

Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety
Director (315) 498-2847
[email protected]
Questions on External Applications
Grounds, Maintenance, & Fleet Services Coordinator
(315) 498-2277
[email protected] 
Questions on Cooling Tower Application
Director of Building Services
(315) 498-7249
[email protected] 

VI. Definitions  

Term Definition
Application of Pesticides The placement for effect of a Pesticide at or on the location where pest control is desired.
Certification The recognition by the DEC that the individual has demonstrated competency and is therefore authorized to use or supervise the use of Pesticides or sell Restricted Use Pesticides.
Certified Pesticide Applicator A commercial or private pesticide applicator who is certified by the DEC to use, supervise in the use of, or train another individual in the use of any Pesticide in any category of use covered by the individual’s Certification or any individual who is certified to sell Restricted Use Pesticides.
Certified Commercial Pesticide Technician An individual who is at least 17 years of age and is certified to engage in the following: 
(1) commercial use of any general use or unclassified Pesticide without supervision; or 
(2) use of any Pesticide when working Under the Direct Supervision of a Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator.
Commercial Application of Pesticides Any application of any Pesticide except as defined in private or residential Application of Pesticides.
Commercial Pesticide Apprentice An individual who has met specific requirements enumerated by DEC, is at least 16 years of age, and is working Under the Direct Supervision of a Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator.
DEC New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) A systematic approach to managing pests which focuses on long-term prevention or suppression with minimal impact on human health, the environment and non-target organisms. IPM incorporates all reasonable measures to prevent pest problems by properly identifying pests, monitoring population dynamics, and utilizing cultural, physical, biological or chemical pest population control methods to reduce pests to acceptable levels.
Label The written, printed or graphic matter on or attached to the Pesticide, its immediate container and any outside containers or wrappers.
Pesticide Use Performance of the following pesticide-related activities: application; mixing; loading; transport; storage or handling after manufacturer’s seal is broken; cleaning of Pesticide application equipment; and any required preparation for container disposal.
Restricted Use Pesticide A Pesticide that is classified for restricted use under the provisions of Article 33 of the Environmental Conservation Law or under section 3(d)(1)(C) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.


VII. Procedures  

For the protection of human health and the environment, it is essential that all activities at the College involving Pesticide Use be conducted in accordance with applicable requirements. Doing so will result in adequate protection of the Pesticide Applicator, College personnel, students, public health, and the environment.

Integrated Pest Management

The College will employ Integrated Pest Management practices whenever possible in an effort to reduce the amount of Pesticides used. For example, consideration will be given as practical to the use of mechanical controls (i.e., traps) and good sanitation and exclusion techniques to control pests.  

The college with comply with all rules, regulations and guidelines as set forth by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) pertaining to the storage and application of Pesticides.

Those guidelines may be found at:  


Approved by the OCC Board of Trustees April 3, 2006