Carrie R. Foss, Emily H. Allen, Richard A. Fenske, Carol A. Ramsay
Program delivery has a major impact on pesticide applicators’ reception to learning. This study evaluated the impact of different training delivery styles, with and without the demonstration of fluorescent tracers, on dermal pesticide exposure. Three delivery styles were each tested at three large-group pesticide license recertification courses: live fluorescent tracer dye skit, video-taped dye presentation, instructional video. The target pesticide applicator group (764 people) comprised active, non-agricultural applicators that were similar in terms of group size, response rate, age, gender, employer type, and applications performed. Results of the ANOVA tests on eight questionnaire outcome variables showed that the live fluorescent tracer dye skit produced significantly greater positive responses (p<0.05) than the other two delivery styles and that the taped dye presentation produced greater responses than the instructional video.
Keywords: pesticide, safety, education, tracer, dye, exposure, health, delivery, styleFull Text: 18-69-1-PB.pdf
Barry M. Brennan
Pesticide education and safety training are critical to reducing personal and environmental exposure to pesticides. It is essential that pesticide safety instructors and state regulatory personnel be able to demonstrate an understanding of pesticide use, classification, regulation, toxicology, and environmental fate. Their credibility with applicators and the general public also requires that they develop effective communication and instructional skills. The feasibility of establishing Pesticide Safety Education Centers to train extension pesticide safety instructors and state and federal regulatory personnel was examined. Possible instructors and trainee groups were identified, mission and goals of a PSEC were defined, existing training models were examined, staff requirements were considered, sources of funding were explored, and a training evaluation system was suggested
Keywords: pesticide safety education, center, feasibility, study, training, model, demonstration, professional, developmentFull Text: 19-75-1-PB.pdf
Wayne Buhler, Robert McRackan, Michael J. Weaver, Barry M. Brennan, Robert G. Bellinger
The Southern Region Pesticide Safety Education Center was created in 2001 as a “train-the-trainer” program for Cooperative Extension Service agents and state pesticide inspectors from the thirteen-state Southern Region of the United States Department of Agriculture. The goal of the center was to equip Extension agents and state pesticide inspectors with the knowledge and resources necessary for more effective and credible pesticide safety education and regulation. This paper describes the initial program offering of the Center: an on-line (Internet) tutorial and a three-day workshop emphasizing hands-on methods for teaching proper pesticide handling.
Keywords: pesticide, safety, education, center, training, professional, developmentFull Text: 20-77-1-PB.pdf
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