Robert's Rants
Robert's Rants
A personal blog on the Canadian pesticide industry and other pet peeves and interests

PMRA Reduced-Risk Mitigation on rodenticides

I’ve been meaning to address this issue, but find it was really complicated…

That’s a lie, it isn’t really that complicated – I might be a bit lazy is all. 

But again, the reduced-risk mitigation isn’t too complicated if you read through the PMRA documents, and especially Appendices II & III which capture the whole regulation quite nicely.  One of the better put together documents I have seen come out of a government agency.

The intent is clear and follows on to the rodenticide mitigation from the EPA that spurned numerous debates.  One such debate was whether or not is was good for the Professional Pest Control Industry. 

I am of the opinion that it will be good for the Industry as a whole, in putting the use of regulated goods more into the hands of people who have had proper training and licensing (plus re-certified – small dig).

The biggest impact is on the use of domestic products and the limitations on how they can be sold, and in the type of proven and tested  bait stations to ensure safety for over the counter use by home owners.   So the question is:  should home owners be trying to do their own rodent control?  Sure they should, but stay with the infinite number of snap traps, multi-catch stations and glue boards that don’t cause concerns with children, pets, non-target species or the environment.

But don’t rodenticides cause concerns around children, pets, non-target species and the environment???  Not when used according to the directions, labels and by those who are trained, skilled and apply those skills every day. 

Which why the law may be beneficial…but I’m betting it will be.

Since there is a bit more on this that needs to be addressed, I will continue on once I have a bit more time.

There will be a Positioning document on the subject for Gardex customers, and that should be available in the next 2 weeks, but many of the key issues will be expanded on here next week.

Until then, have a good weekend.

Licensing and Re-certification for Pest Professionals in Canada

I wanted to expand on my last post concerning the re-certification issue in BC being such a big draw at the annual CPMA meeting.

BC has similar licensing rules and regs to other provinces, but with the added requirement that Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) need to either get continuing education units (I believe 20 hours every 2 years?) or re-take the test.  This ensures that PMP throughout the province are getting up to date on new technologies, but more importantly keeping up on regulations as they change in the course of doing business.

That sounds like a no-brainer to me, versus some provinces requiring passing the exam, then your licensed for life (Ontario). 

Also, different provinces recognize and accept licensing (reciprocal agreements) for other provinces across Canada, but not all do this.

If we look at the PMP’s being regulated properly, then doesn’t it make sense to have them go through continual training in order to maintain their license?

And, using the same train of thought, my drivers license for Ontario allows me to drive anywhere in the country…so why not the same for a licensed and trained PMP???

Lots of disconnects here folks.

Another CPMA annual meeting past…also known as “The good, the bad and bad planning”

Well the 2012 annual convention of the CPMA, held in Vancouver, went off without too many glitches, at least from this observer’s (a supplier/exhibitor/sponsor) perspective.

Overall there was an increase in suppliers, very good attendance, and it seemed to me some better content and better information from the scheduled speakers. This was the best improvement I have seen in years, not having a local PMP come address the crowd as an expert.

The venue at the Fairmont Waterfront was great as usual, and everything done first class…kinda.

It seems a bit perplexing though that they (CPMA/NPMA) had increased their number of exhibitors from 20 to 30, raised the sponsorship dollars by 2 or 3 times, but didn’t manage to take care the attendees needs.

Breakfast during registration was a stale bagel, (tasty after toasting for 20 minutes).  Lunch was served in a box,which they ran out of both Friday and Saturday.  Not a big deal to me (I need to lose 10 pounds), but for the attendees???

Just cheap in my opinion.

When I look at sponsorship of the banquet going up 250%, and about the same increase for breaks etc, you have to wonder where the money goes???

Hopefully north of the border.

I will say having the meeting in BC is great since they require continuing education units for re-certification and this draws a crowd.

Wake up Ontario.

’til next time…