Welcome to the ACRE

The Agronomy Center for Research and Education, ACRE, is an outdoor laboratory for Purdue Agriculture. Used for field research and hands-on teaching, the 1,135 acre farm is a busy place with faculty, staff, student, and visitor activity. I am Jim Beaty. I have been Superintendent of the ACRE since 1986. With my four full time staff members, part time help, and student employees we are responsible for operating the research farm. About 53 university researchers conduct projects here at the ACRE. I plan to write about our research, visitors, and farm safety thoughts.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

ACRE Safety Thought #11

Handling treated seed or even treating seed packets with fungicide or insecticide or safener can expose workers to chemical exposure. Workers doing this need WPS training at a minimum and must be under the supervision of someone with a certified pesticide applicator’s license. Exposure can come from skin touching the treated seed or the chemical. Or exposure can come from inhalation. Depending on the procedure and the pesticide label certain Personal Protective Equipment safeguards need to be used. These PPE may include protective gloves, protective eye shields, or even a cartridge respirator. REM regularly provides our workers with WPS training. It is scheduled through the Agronomy Main Office. Certified Pesticide Applicator training comes from the Pesticide Office in Botany with testing and certification from the Indiana State Chemist’s Office in Biochemistry. Remember that every field worker at ACRE or the PACs is required to have the WPS training at a minimum. Think, plan, train, and work safely at the ACRE. Thanks Jim

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