The New England Pest Management Association (NEPMA) recognized the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) for regulatory improvements to the pesticide program.
The ministry received a plaque for making significant improvements in the administration of the state’s pesticide program. The price was announced at this month’s Pesticides Board meeting on March 22 by NEPMA President Tom Drapeau.
In recent years, the department has moved from a paper-based program, which relied on mailing out various forms and applications, to a program that was almost entirely electronic. The latest digitally compatible improvement has been to move the processing of applicator examination and testing to a 100% computerized process. With this change, applicator and licensing exams are now available on demand 24/7.
“Hiring decisions are no longer based on fixed review dates in limited locations across the state. Hiring decisions can now be made based on the needs of the business, ”Drapeau said in a statement. “As of March, approximately 400 people had taken the online applicator exam, with few reported issues. These improvements should save pest control companies significant expense.
NEPMA represents the pest management industry in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. The association is made up of over 140 pest control professionals and affiliate industry vendors. MDAR is the state’s primary regulating agency for pesticides in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Pesticide Board creates a public policy on pesticides, advises the agency, and registers pesticides.
OTHER NEPMA NEWS
The New England Chapter of Professional Women in Pest Management (PWIPM of NE) announced the winner of its second annual Women of Excellence Award: Courtney Carace, ACE, who is COO of NH-based Plaistow Pest-End Inc. Fofficial recognition was given at the NEPMA spring training event in early March.