JPSE Volume 14 - 2012

Templates and Tools - pages 1 to 12

A Custom Web-based Pesticide Recordkeeping System for UF/IFAS Faculty and Staff

Fred Fishel


The UF/IFAS Pesticide Recordkeeping System is a database designed to assist faculty and staff with pesticide-related recordkeeping. The online database contains modules for storing pesticide application records; faculty, staff, and student pesticide applicator license information; and WPS training documentation. The purpose of the system is to provide standardized recordkeeping across all departments and research and education centers that complies with state, federal, and UF/IFAS pesticide policies and procedures, and is user-friendly. This article describes the attributes of the UF/IFAS Pesticide Recordkeeping System.

Full Text: 58-317-1-PB.pdf

Templates and Tools - pages 13 to 22

A Low-Cost Method of Estimating Outreach-based Changes in Recommended Practices.

Amy E. Brown


University Extension educators want to change behavior, not simply improve learning or change attitudes. Thus, it is increasingly important to demonstrate impacts rather than outputs. However, methods to survey changes in adoption of recommended practices typically are expensive, time consuming and have low response rates. This article presents a low-cost survey method used in Maryland that provides a rich source of audience-determined data that can be used for impact reporting, to generate ideas for research and to provide feedback to enhance educational outreach. The method is particularly useful for audiences such as pesticide applicators that attend periodic recertification classes.

Full Text: 63-331-1-PB.pdf

Templates and Tools - pages 23 to 32

Pairing Epidemiological Research Results with a Practical Message to Improve Pesticide Applicators’ Personal Safety Practices

Amy E. Brown, Carol Ramsay, Carrie Foss


Extension educators seek to effect positive behavioral changes in reducing pesticide exposures. Maryland and Washington Pesticide Safety Education programs incorporated Agricultural Health Study (AHS) research results in an audience response presentation. The AHS findings served as potential motivators to influence behavioral changes. The presentation was carefully designed to avoid overstating risk messages to applicators not involved in the studies, and to emphasize applicators’ ability to mitigate potential risks through regular use of exposure reduction practices. The results indicate safety educators can effectively deliver epidemiological research findings paired with a clear message of risk reduction measures applicators can adopt.

Full Text: 59-336-1-PB.pdf

Research Study - pages 33 to 46

A Survey of Pest Problems and Pesticide Use in California Childcare Centers, Including Healthy Schools Act Compliance

Belinda Messenger, V. Leonard, C. Dodson, A. Bradman


The 2006 amendment to the Healthy Schools Act of California requires childcare centers to notify parents and staff of pesticide use, but less than half of those responding to a 2008 survey complied with this law. Almost all California childcare centers responding to the survey reported that they have pests, such as ants and spiders and that they use pesticides to manage those pests. More than half of the responding childcare centers use spray and fogger pesticides, which have a higher potential to expose children to active ingredients than baits and crack and crevice treatments.

Full Text: 60-339-1-PB.pdf

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