JAbstract - The Southern Region Pesticide Safety Education Center: A Regional Approach to Training-the-Trainer

Volume 4
2002

Abstract

Journal of Pesticide Safety Education, 2002, Volume 4, Pages 22-36.


The Southern Region Pesticide Safety Education Center: A Regional Approach to Training-the-Trainer

Wayne Buhler, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, e-mail: wayne_buhler@ncsu.edu
Robert McRackan, Extension Assistant, Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, e-mail: bob_mcrackan@ncsu.edu
Michael Weaver, Professor and Director, Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs, Department of Entomology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0409, e-mail: mweaver@vt.edu
Barry Brennan, Associate Dean and Associate Director for Cooperative Extension, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822, e-mail: brennanb@ctahr2.ctahr.hawaii.edu
Robert G. Bellinger, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, e-mail: bbllngr@clemson.edu


The Southern Region Pesticide Safety Education Center was created in 2001 as a “train-the-trainer” program for Cooperative Extension Service agents and state pesticide inspectors from the thirteen-state Southern Region of the United States Department of Agriculture. The goal of the center was to equip Extension agents and state pesticide inspectors with the knowledge and resources necessary for more effective and credible pesticide safety education and regulation. This paper describes the initial program offering of the Center: an on-line (Internet) tutorial and a three-day workshop emphasizing hands-on methods for teaching proper pesticide handling.

Keywords: pesticide, safety, education, center, training, professional, development