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Buildings

Lunchrooms

Custodial Services

Health and Safety Code 341.065

Structural Pest Control

Contracting with a person who holds a license to perform the services; or

Requiring a district employee who is licensed as a certified noncommercial applicator or technician to perform the services.

Occupations Code 1951.459

Integrated Pest Management Program

IPM Program Requirements

A board-approved IPM policy, stating the district's commitment to follow integrated pest management guidelines in all pest control activities that take place on district property. The IPM policy statement shall include:

A definition of IPM consistent with this section;

A reference to Texas laws and rules governing pesticide use and IPM in public schools;

Information about who can apply pesticides on school district property; and

Information about designating, registering, and required training for the district's IPM coordinator. The superintendent and IPM coordinator shall maintain a copy of the policy.

A monitoring program to determine when pests are present and when pest problems are severe enough to justify corrective action;

The preferential use of lower risk pesticides and the use of non-chemical management strategies to control pests, rodents, insects, and weeds;

A system for keeping records of facility inspection reports, pest-related work orders, pest control service reports, pesticide applications, and pesticide complaints;

A plan for educating and informing district employees about their roles in the IPM program; and

Written guidelines that identify thresholds for when pest control actions are justified.

4 TAC 7.201(1)

IPM Coordinator

Training

Successfully complete a TDA-approved IPM coordinator training course within six months of appointment; and

Obtain at least six hours of TDA-approved IPM continuing education units at least every three years in accordance with the requirements of 4 Administrative Code 7.202.

Occupations Code 1951.212(f); 4 TAC 7.202

Duties

Coordination of pest management personnel, ensuring that all school employees who perform pest control, including those employees authorized to perform incidental use applications, have the necessary training, are equipped with the appropriate personal protective equipment, and have the necessary licenses for their pest management responsibilities;

Ensuring that all IPM program records, including incidental use training records, pest-related work orders, pest control service reports, pesticide applications, and pesticide complaints are maintained for a period of two years and are made available to a TDA inspector upon request;

Working with district administrators to ensure that all pest control proposal specifications for outside contractors are compatible with IPM principles, and that contractors work under the guidelines of the district's IPM policy;

Ensuring that all pesticides used on district property are in compliance with the district's IPM program and that current pesticide labels and safety data sheets (SDS) are available for interested individuals upon request;

Overseeing and implementing that portion of the plan that ensures that district administrators and relevant district personnel are provided opportunities to be informed and educated about their roles in the IPM program, reporting, and notification procedures;

Pesticide applications, including the approval of emergency applications at buildings and on district grounds, are conducted in accordance with Division 7; and

Maintaining a current copy of the school district's IPM policy and making it available to a TDA inspector upon request.

4 TAC 7.202(5)

Licensed Applicator

Apply only EPA labeled pesticides, appropriate for the target pest, except as provided in Division 7;

Provide the structural pest management needs of the district by following the district's IPM program and these regulations;

Obtain written approval from the IPM coordinator for the use of pesticides in accordance with Division 7;

Handle and forward to the IPM coordinator records of IPM activities, any complaints relating to pest problems, and pesticide use;

Ensure that pesticide use records are forwarded to the IPM coordinator within two business days or in a time frame as agreed to by the IPM coordinator;

Consult with the IPM coordinator concerning the use of control measures in buildings and grounds; and

Ensure that all pest control activities are consistent with the district's IPM program and IPM policy.

4 TAC 7.203

Notice

Posting the sign made available by the certified applicator or technician in an area of common access that the persons are likely to check on a regular basis at least 48 hours before each planned treatment; and

Providing the pest control information sheet made available by the certified applicator or technician to a person working in the building on request.

Pesticide Use

Pest control signs shall be posted at least 48 hours prior to a pesticide application inside district buildings as provided for under 4 Administrative Code 7.148.

For outdoor applications made on district grounds, the treated area must be identified at all entry points with a sign, or must be secured using a locking device, a fence or other practical barrier such as commercially available barrier caution tape, or periodically monitored to keep students out of the treated area until the allowed reentry time.

Pesticides used on district property shall be mixed outside of student occupied areas of buildings and grounds.

The use of non-pesticide control measures, non-pesticide monitoring tools and mechanical devices, such as glue boards and traps as permitted in accordance with Division 7, are exempt from posting requirements. The use of non-pesticide tools and devices by unlicensed district personnel, for monitoring purposes, shall be permitted. Monitoring by unlicensed district personnel shall be done only as directed, under the supervision of the IPM coordinator.

Pesticide applications shall not be made to outdoor school grounds if such an application will expose students to physical drift of pesticide spray particles. Reasonable preventative measures shall be taken to avoid the potential of drift to occur.

Districts are allowed to apply the pesticides to control pests, rodents, insects, and weeds at school buildings, grounds, or other facilities in accordance with the approval for use and restrictions listed for each category detailed in 4 Administrative Code 7.204(6).

Occupations Code 1951.212; 4 TAC 7.204

Incidental Use

Lumberton ISD

CLB(H)-P

UPDATE 105

DATE ISSUED: 7/12/2016