This policy is effect from May 26 through the expiration of the state of emergency.
On April 24, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-59, which loosened the restrictions on pesticide applicators that were established under EO 2020-42. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD’s) Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division (PPPMD) has begun to experience a surge of requests to certify pesticide applicators. PPPMD anticipates that up to 2,500 applicants will seek certification, requiring MDARD to administer up to 10,000 individual exams. This surge in applicants cannot be accommodated under current conditions as testing facilities remain unavailable, social distancing guidelines remain in effect, available staff and exam equipment are limited, and health concerns remain high for both PPPMD staff and its regulated industries.
PPPMD will overcome this challenge by encouraging its regulated industry to utilize the registered applicator option authorized by Act 451 of 1994 and Regulation 636. As described below, PPPMD’s policies for administering this option are temporarily modified to streamline the process for becoming a registered applicator. PPPMD retains full regulatory and enforcement authority over registered applicators, their trainers, and the companies they work for and will continue to enforce Michigan’s pesticide laws to protect Michigan’s citizens and environment.
Pest control is deemed as an essential service in Michigan, but we if we can't obtain, renew, or test for commercial pesticide applicator certification, then we can't provide our essential services amid COVID-19!
Other states are making accommodations for obtaining and renewing pesticide applicator certifications during COVID-19. Unfortunately, Michigan is dragging its feet, and we won't tolerate this lack of action!
Join your fellow MPMA members and tell your Michigan lawmakers and Governor Whitmer to temporarily MODIFY the certification process in Michigan, so commercial applicators can obtain their certification amid COVID-19! Pest control and commercial applicator certification are BOTH ESSENTIAL!
After you participate, please forward this email to industry friends and co-workers! WE NEED EVERY MPMA MEMBER TO TAKE ACTION!!!!!!!
If you’re in the pest management industry, you serve to protect the public’s health in a variety of ways: you protect businesses from liability by maintaining clean and safe office environments; you help shield the most vulnerable amongst us from the health risks posed by infestations, and you play a key role in preserving the public’s well-being by providing them peace of mind.
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