UW Extension offers respirator fit testing at pesticide recertification program

Respirator fit testing will be available through the University of Wyoming Extension at the pesticide application recertification program Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Casper.

Federal law requires all commercial and private producers using a respirator as personal protective equipment during pesticide application or handling to receive annual respirator fit testing and training.

“An increasing number of pesticides are being labeled requiring the use of a respirator as a component of the personal protective equipment,” said Jeff Edwards, UW Extension pesticide training coordinator.

Registration is at https://wyorecert.eventbrite.com. Proof of doctor clearance (medical evaluation) to Consolidated Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc. (CME), your own respirator, and a fee of $55 per test payable to CME are required test day. CME will issue a certificate of clearance onsite and mail the official fit test card to the applicator.

Contact the University of Wyoming Extension pesticide safety education office at 307-837-2956 or visit http://bit.ly/wy-pesticide-training for more information regarding fit testing and training opportunities.