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Restricted Entry Intervals

Restricted Entry Interval (REI) is the period of time after a pesticide has been applied that agricultural workers or anyone else must not do hand labour tasks in treated areas.  The REI allows the pesticide residues and vapours to dissipate to safe levels for work to be done. Hand labour tasks involve substantial worker contact with treated surfaces such as plants, plant parts or soil.  Examples of these activities include: ·     harvesting, detasseling, thinning, weeding, scouting, planting, mowing, roguing, and packing produce into containers in the field or greenhouse. You can only do these tasks after the Restricted Entry Interval has ended. An REI can range from 0 hours to several days.  A pesticide label may state different REIs that are specific to a crop and post application task (e.g. thinning, scouting, harvesting).  If the REI is not stated on a label, use a 12 hour REI. Here are examples of REIs stated on pesticide labels: Pesticide Restricted

Water Soluble Packages

Water Soluble Packages (WSP) are designed to reduce exposure during mixing and loading.  However, the Agricultural Handlers Exposure Task Force (AHETF) found that ►      users were more exposed when using Water Soluble Packages than Wettable Powders. Exposure occurred when users sprayed high pressure water on the packets and/or intentionally broke the packets to help them dissolve.     Use Water Soluble Packages properly to reduce exposure.   Follow these handling and mixing instructions developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the AHETF. Handling Instructions •         Mix in the spray tank only.   •         Keep the WSP intact. Do not cut or puncture the WSP.  Do not break or release the contents. •         Keep the WSP in the outer packaging until just before use. •         Keep the WSP dry until adding it to the spray tank. •         Reseal the WSP in its outer packaging to protect any unused WSP(S). •         Handle with dry gloves

Purchase of Class 4 Pesticides by Farmers who are not Certified

Class 4, 5, 6 or 7 pesticides may be purchased for use on farms by farmers who are not certified through the Grower Pesticide Safety Course. To buy Class 4 pesticides, a farmer must provide the vendor with his/her Farm Business Registration number OR a signed copy of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) form titled “Farmer Self Declaration to Enable Purchase of a Class 4 Pesticide” on which a farmer declares that she/he is a farmer as defined under the Reg. 63/09.  The form is available through the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks' website. Your pesticide vendor will know which Class 4 pesticides they sell and they may help you plan your pest management program based on Class 4 pesticides.  There are over 700 herbicides, insecticides and fungicides in  Class 4. You can search for a pesticide’s Class or find a list of the pesticides in each Class on the internet.  Search for “Pesticides Classification Database

Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks: Pesticide Specialist Offices

Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks:  Pesticides Specialist Offices Region Field Offices Telephone Central 5775 Yonge St, 8th Floor Toronto    M2M 4J1 1-800-810-8048 416-326-6700 West-Central Ontario Gov't. Bldg., 119 King St. W., 12 th Flr Hamilton    L8P 4Y7 1-800-668-4557 905-521-7640 Eastern 1259 Gardiners Road, Unit 3 Kingston    K7P 3J6 1-800-267-0974 613-549-4000 Southwestern 733 Exeter Rd., London    N6E 1L3 1-800-265-7672 519-873-5000 Northern 199 Larch Street, Suite 1201 Sudbury    P3E 5P9 1-800-890-8516 705-564-3237 Ontario Gov’t Bldg., 435 James St. South Suite 331, 3 rd Floor Thunder Bay    P7E 6S7 1-800-875-7772 807-475-1205 Technical Assessment and Standards Development Branch Pesticides Section 40 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto   

Ontario Pesticide Classification Criteria

Ontario Classification of Pesticides under Regulation 63/09 of the Pesticide Act The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks classifies federally registered pesticides into different groups, called classes.  Each class has specific education, licensing and/or permit requirements, and restrictions on its use and sale in Ontario. The following table summarizes the hazard criteria used for classification. Class Ontario Hazard 1 Various; manufacturing concentrates that are used to manufacture a product. 2 Very Hazardous 3 Moderately Hazardous 4 Less and Least Hazardous 5 Less Hazardous 6 Least Hazardous 7 Less to Least Hazardous Domestic controlled sale products that have both cosmetic and non-cosmetic uses or restricted bear deterrent products that contain capsaicin.  Class 7 products may only be used for non-cosmetic uses such as indoor uses,

Purchase of Class 7 Controlled Sales Pesticides

Sales of Class 7 Controlled Sales Class 7 pesticides have directions on their labels for both cosmetic and non-cosmetic uses.  These pesticides may be sold and used solely for non-cosmetic uses.  Vendors must inform purchasers in writing that using the pesticide for any cosmetic use is illegal in Ontario.  For example, a pesticide that can be used to control poison ivy cannot be used on patios or driveways to control weeds.  The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has prepared a “Class 7 Handout” for this purpose. Class 7 Handouts When a customer buys a Class 7 pesticide, the vendor must hand a Class 7 Handout to the customer buying a Class 7 pesticide at the time of purchase.  If the pesticide is a bear repellent which contains capsaicin, you must hand them the Bear Repellent Handout which explains the restrictions for bear repellents.   Know which Class 7 pesticides you sell and be prepared to provide the “Class 7 Handout” at the time of the sale.