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2014 Virginia Pesticide Safety Educators Workshop

This year's VIRGINIA PESTICIDE SAFETY EDUCATORS WORKSHOP will be held at the HOTEL ROANOKE on SEPTEMBER 3-4, 2014. Agents and specialists who have dedicated time to the pesticide safety education plan of work should attend.

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Hokie BugFest

Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs is a major sponsor of the annual Hokie BugFest. This year's event is scheduled for October 11, 2014. It will take place at the Inn at Virginia Tech accessible at the intersection of Prices Fork Road and University Boulevard. Exhibits are being sponsored to target kids of all ages. If you are interested in learning about insects, want to have fun with insects, or enjoy a Halloween environment of creepy crawlers and the fall festival atmosphere, this is for you. We are planning over 60 exhibits and events for the festival.

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Hazard Communication Standard: Workers Must Train by 12/01/13

OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard is now aligned with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This update to the Hazard Communication Standard provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. The first deadline in the implementation phase is December 1, 2013. This is the date by which employers must train workers on the new label elements and safety data sheet.

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Online Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training

Virginia Cooperative Extension has announced the availability of a free online training and testing program (Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training, FACT)

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