California Code of Regulations (Title 3. Food and Agriculture)
Division 6. Pesticides and Pest Control Operations

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Division 6. Pesticides and Pest Control Operations
Chapter 3. Pest Control Operations
Subchapter 3. Pesticide Worker Safety
Article 3. Field Worker Safety


6760. Employer Responsibility and Exceptions.

(a) Employers shall comply with the requirements of this article to protect employees who may enter treated fields.

(b) If only granular baits or attractants or repellents in traps have been applied in a field, the employer is exempt from the requirements of Sections 6762 (Field Work During Application), 6764 (Fieldworker Training), 6766(a) and (b) (Emergency Medical Care), 6768 (Decontamination Facilities), 6770 (Entry After Pesticide Application), 6771 (Requirements for Early Entry Fieldworkers), 6772 (Restricted Entry Intervals), 6774 (Restricted Entry Interval Adjustments), and 6776 (Field Posting).

(c) Pesticide applications for areawide public pest control programs sponsored by governmental agencies, such as for fruit fly eradication, and those made by vector control agencies operating under cooperative agreements with the State Department of Health Services pursuant to Section 116180 of the Health and Safety Code, and contractors of those agencies, are exempt from the requirements of this article.

(d) If only algaecides have been used to treat the irrigation system, the employer is exempt from the requirements of Sections 6762 (Field Work During Application), 6764 (Fieldworker Training), 6766(a) and (b) (Emergency Medical Care), 6768 (Decontamination Facilities), 6770 (Field Entry After Pesticide Application), 6771 (Requirements for Early Entry Fieldworkers), 6772 (Restricted Entry Intervals), 6774 (Restricted Entry Interval Adjustments), and 6776 (Field Posting).

(e) If pesticides have been applied only by injection directly into plants the employer is exempt from the requirements of this article. Direct injection does not include "hack and squirt" methods.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 12980 and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

6761. Hazard Communication for Fieldworkers.

(a) Whenever employees are working as fieldworkers in a treated field, the employer shall display at the worksite and all permanent decontamination facilities and decontamination facilities servicing 11 or more fieldworkers, a copy of a completed written Hazard Communication Information for Employees Working in Fields (Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflet A-9). Any changes to the name, address, or telephone number of the facility providing emergency medical care must be updated on the Pesticide Information Series leaflet A-9 within 24 hours of the change. In the event that fieldworkers gather at a central location prior to transportation to the worksite, the Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflet A-9, required to be at the worksite, may instead be displayed at that central location. Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflet A-9 shall be written by the department in English and Spanish. Upon request, the employer shall read to the requesting employee, in a language understandable to that employee, Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflet A-9. Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflets are available from the Department.

(b) The operator of the property shall maintain in a central location at the workplace accessible to employees, including the employees of labor contractors, who enter a treated field, the following:

(1) pesticide use records specified in section 6624(b), (c), (d), and (e) for pesticides that have been applied to the field within the last two years;

(2) a Safety Data Sheets (SDS), as specified in Title 8, California Code of Regulations, section 5194, for each pesticide listed in the pesticide use records referred to in subsection (b)(1). If the SDS is not provided by the registrant of a pesticide, the operator of the property shall:

(A) within 7 working days of a request for a SDS from an employee, employee representative or employee's physician, make written inquiry to the registrant of the pesticide, asking that a SDS be sent to the operator of the property. If the operator of the property has made a written inquiry within the last 12 months as to whether the pesticide is subject to the requirement for a SDS or the operator of the property has made a written inquiry within the last 6 months requesting new, revised or later information on the SDS, the operator of the property need not make additional written inquiry. A copy of the written inquiry shall immediately be sent to the person requesting the SDS;

(B) notify the requester of the availability of the SDS or provide a copy of the SDS to the requester within 15 days of receipt of the SDS from the registrant; and

(C) if a response has not been received from the registrant within 25 working days of the date the inquiry was made, send the department a copy of the inquiry with a notation that no response has been received. The operator of the property is not precluded from obtaining and providing the SDS utilizing other more expedient methods in lieu of those provided in this subsection.

(c) The operator of the property shall inform his or her employees, before they are allowed to enter a treated field, of the location and availability of any records and other documents required by subsections (a) and (b). If the employees are employed by a labor contractor, the operator of the property shall inform the labor contractor of the location, or changed location, of the records and other documents. The labor contractor shall provide that information to his or her employees. If the location of the records and other documents changes, the operator of the property and the labor contractor shall promptly inform his or her employees of the new location. The employer, including the labor contractor, shall also inform their employees that they, their physicians and their representatives have a right of access to the information and that the employees are protected against discharge or other discrimination due to the exercise of their rights under this section.

(d) The operator of the property shall provide, upon request of his or her employee, an employee of a labor contractor, employee representative, or an employee's physician, access to any records, documents and information required to be maintained by this chapter. Access shall be granted as soon as possible and not to exceed 48 hours from the date of the request. A request from an employee representative must be in writing and contain the following:

(1) The name of the employee being represented.

(2) A description of the specific information being requested. The description must include the dates of employment of the employee, the date or dates for which the records are requested, type of work conducted by the employee (e.g., planting, harvesting, applying pesticides, mixing or loading pesticides) during the period for which the records are requested, and the specific application and/or hazard information requested.

(3) A written statement clearly designating the representative to request pesticide application and hazard information on the employee’s behalf, bearing the employee’s printed name and signature, the date of the designation, and the printed name and contact information for the employee representative.

(4) Directions on where the requested information should be sent (e.g., mailing address or email address).

INFORMATIONAL NOTE: Other requirements relating to hazard communication can be found in sections 6602, 6618, 6619, 6724, 6726, 6738, 6744, 6764, 6766, 6770, 6771, and 6776.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 12981, Food and Agricultural Code. Reference: Sections 12980 and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code; and 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1910.1200.

6761.1. Application-Specific Information for Fieldworkers.

(a) The operator of property used for the commercial or research production of an agricultural plant commodity shall display at a central location the following application-specific information, while fieldworkers are employed to work in treated fields on the operator's property:

(1) The crop or site treated and identification of the treated field;

(2) The date(s) and time(s) the application started and ended;

(3) Restricted entry interval;

(4) Product name(s), U.S. EPA registration number(s), and active ingredient(s);

(5) A copy of the Safety Data Sheet(s) for the applied pesticide(s); and

(6) Spray adjuvant product name(s) and California registration number(s) if applicable.

(b) The information must be displayed when the operator of the property receives notice of the completion of an application and before any fieldworkers are allowed to enter the treated field. The information must include all applications that have been made to any field on the operator's property. The information must remain displayed until the area no longer meets the definition of a treated field or fieldworkers will no longer be on the operator's property, whichever occurs earlier.

(c) The operator of the property and any employer with fieldworkers hired to work on the operator's property, shall display at the worksite or at a central location where fieldworkers gather, a description of the location of the application-specific information display whenever their fieldworkers are working in a treated field. The description of the location must be specific enough for fieldworkers to find and have unimpeded access to the displayed application-specific information. The location description must be included in the appropriate section of, or as an attachment to, the Hazard Communication Information for Employees Working in Fields (Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflet A-9) pursuant to section 6761(a).

(d) The information required by this section must be retained for two years.

(e) The original or copies of documents otherwise required to be maintained by this chapter may be used to meet the requirements of this section, provided they contain the information required by this section.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 11501, 12973, 12980, and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

6762. Field Work During Pesticide Application.

(a) The requirements of this section are minimum requirements established by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and do not assure compliance with the general standard in section 6614.

(b) No employer shall direct or allow any person, other than the persons making the application, to enter or remain in a treated area of a field during the application.

(c) When pesticides are used for the commercial or research production of an agricultural commodity, no employer shall direct or allow any person, other than the persons making the application, to enter or remain in the application exclusion zone, as specified below.

(1) If the pesticide is applied for outdoor production, the application exclusion zone is defined as follows:

(A) the area that extends 100 feet horizontally from the application equipment in all directions during application when the pesticide is applied by any of the following methods: aerially; air blast; as a fumigant, smoke, mist, or fog; or as a fine spray using a spray.

(B) the area that extends 25 feet horizontally from the application equipment in all directions during application when the pesticide is applied in a manner not specified in (1)(A) and is sprayed from a height of greater than 12 inches from the soil or planting medium using at least a medium spray.

(C) There is no application exclusion zone when the pesticide is applied in a manner other than those in subsections (1)(A) and (1)(B)

(2) If the pesticide is applied for enclosed space production, the application exclusion zone is defined as follows:

(A) The entire enclosed space plus any adjacent area that is not sealed (sufficient to prevent pesticide transfer) from the treatment site when the pesticide is applied as a space treatment (fumigant, smoke, fog, aerosol, or mist) or is a pesticide for which the product labeling requires respiratory protection until ventilation criteria have been met.

(B) The entire enclosed space when the pesticide is applied using a fine spray until the ventilation criteria has been met.

(C) The treatment site plus 25 feet in all directions within the enclosed space when the pesticide is applied as a spray from a height greater than 12 inches from the soil or other planting medium, or as a spray of medium or larger.

(3) There is no application exclusion zone when the pesticide is applied in a manner other than those in subsection (2)(A) and (2)(B).

(d) The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) S572.1 or comparable standard may be used to measure and interpret spray quality (fine, medium, or larger than medium) as used in this section.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 12980 and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

6764. Fieldworker Training.

(a) The employer shall assure that each employee assigned to work in a treated field has been trained within the last 12 months, in a manner the employee understands, before beginning work in the treated field.

(b) The training shall include the following information:

(1) Importance of routine decontamination and washing thoroughly after the exposure period;

(2) Restricted entry intervals and what posting means, including both California and federal field posting sign formats;

(3) Where pesticides are encountered, including treated surfaces in the field, residues on clothing, chemigation and drift;

(4) Routes of exposure;

(5) The hazards of pesticides, including acute effects, chronic and delayed effects, and sensitization effects;

(6) Common signs and symptoms of overexposure;

(7) First aid including decontamination, eye flushing, and obtaining emergency medical care;

(8) Warnings about taking pesticides or pesticide containers home;

(9) Prevention, recognition, and first aid for heat-related illness in accordance with Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, section 3395;

(10) The hazard communication program requirements of section 6761; and

(11) Employee rights, including the right:

(A) To personally receive information about pesticides to which he or she may be exposed;

(B) For his or her physician or employee representative to receive information about pesticides to which he or she may be exposed; and

(C) To be protected against retaliatory action due to the exercise of any of his or her rights.

(c) An employee who holds a valid personal pesticide license or certificate issued by the department, current documented pesticide handler training pursuant to section 6724, or other valid certificate of pesticide training approved by the director is considered to be trained for the purposes of this section.

(d) The information shall be presented in a manner the employee can understand, orally from written materials or audio visually, using nontechnical terms in a location reasonably free from distraction. The trainer shall be present throughout the training and shall respond to employee questions.

(e) The record of initial and annually required training given to the employee must include the date; employee’s printed name and signature; the title(s) and source(s) of the training materials used; employer's name; and trainer’s name and qualifications as specified in (f). This record shall be retained by the employer for two years at a central location at the workplace accessible to employees. The record must be provided to the employee upon request.

(f) The person conducting the training shall be qualified as one of the following:

(1) A California certified applicator;

(2) A person holding any other valid license or certificate of personal pesticide qualification issued by the department;

(3) A person who has completed an "instructor training" program presented by one of the following:

(A) The University of California, Integrated Pest Management Program;

(B) Other instructor training program approved by the director.

(4) A California Registered Professional Forester;

(5) A person holding a valid County Biologist License in Pesticide Regulation or Investigation and Environmental Monitoring issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture;

(6) A farm adviser employed by the University of California Extension Office; or

(7) Other valid trainer qualification approved by the director.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 12980 and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

6766. Emergency Medical Care.

(a) Emergency medical care for employees who enter fields that have been treated with pesticides shall be planned for in advance. The employer shall locate a facility where emergency care is available for employees who will be working in treated fields.

(b) The employees, or their supervisor in the field, shall be informed of the name and location of a physician or medical facility where emergency medical care is available, and if the identified facility is not reasonably accessible from that work location, the procedures to be followed to obtain emergency medical care.

(c) When there are reasonable grounds to suspect that an employee has a pesticide illness, or when an exposure to a pesticide has occurred that might reasonably be expected to lead to an employee's illness, the employer shall ensure that the employee is taken to a physician immediately.

(d) The employer shall provide the following information to medical personnel treating an employee for a suspected pesticide exposure in the production of an agricultural commodity:

(1) Copies of the applicable Safety Data Sheet(s) and the product name(s), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registration number(s) and active ingredient(s) for each pesticide product to which the person may have been exposed.

(2) The circumstances of application or use of the pesticide.

(3) The circumstances that could have resulted in exposure to the pesticide.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 11456 and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 12980 and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

6768. Fieldworker Decontamination Facilities.

(a) The employer shall assure that the following are located together at the decontamination site and reasonably accessible for washing of hands and face and for emergency eye flushing to all fieldworkers engaged in activities involving contact with treated surfaces in treated fields:

(1) at least one gallon of water per employee, or three gallons of water per employee for employees engaged in early entry activities pursuant to section 6770(d). The water must be provided at the start of the work day and be of a quality and temperature that will not cause illness or injury when it contacts the skin or eyes or if it is swallowed. The water shall be stored separate from that used for mixing with pesticides unless the tank holding water for mixing with pesticides is equipped with appropriate valves to prevent back flow of pesticides into the water;

(2) Soap (hand sanitizing gels and liquids or wet towelettes do not meet the requirement for soap); and

(3) Single use towels (wet towelettes do not meet the requirement for single-use towels).

(b)The decontamination facilities shall be not more than 1/4 mile from the fieldworkers (or at the nearest point of vehicular access). Employees must be notified of the location of the decontamination site prior to working in a treated field.

(c) The decontamination facilities shall not be in an area under a restricted entry interval unless the fieldworkers for whom the site is provided are performing early entry activities. The facilities shall not be in an area under treatment.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 12980 and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

6769. Enclosed Space Ventilation Criteria..

When a pesticide with product labeling requiring respiratory protection for application is applied by any method, or when any pesticide is applied as a fumigant, smoke, mist, fog, or aerosol inside an enclosed space, ventilation shall continue until:

(a) The concentration is measured and found not to exceed any pesticide product labeling standard; or

(b) One of the following has occurred if there is no labeling standard:

(1) Ten air exchanges are complete;

(2) Two hours of mechanical ventilation, such as with fans;

(3) Four hours of passive ventilation, such as opening vents, windows, or doors;

(4) Twenty-four hours with no ventilation; or

(5) Any combination of percentage portions of (1), (2), (3), and (4) the sum of which equals 100 percent.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 12980 and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

6770. Field Entry After Scheduled or Completed Pesticide Application.

(a) The operator of the property shall not allow or direct employees covered under section 6700 (which includes fieldworkers) or their employers (except for those persons who were scheduled to apply the pesticide(s) or supervise the application) to enter a field on the date of the scheduled application unless the operator assures that:

(1) the application has not occurred; and

(2) the application will not occur during the time the employees are in the field to be treated.

(b) The operator of the property shall not allow or direct employees covered under section 6700 (which includes fieldworkers) or their employer to enter a treated field until the operator has received the notice of completion as specified in section 6619(c), and the restricted entry interval has expired or the operator of the property has assured that the restrictions and exceptions pursuant to section 6770(d) have been met.

(c) Any employer hired by the operator of the property shall not allow or direct any of his or her employees to enter a treated field until the employer has received confirmation from the operator of the property that the notice of completion as specified in section 6619(c) has been received, and the restricted entry interval has expired or the operator of the property has assured that the restrictions and exceptions pursuant to section 6770(d) have been met.

(d) The operator of the property and any hired employer shall not allow or direct any of his or her employees to enter a treated field before the restricted entry interval stated on pesticide product labeling or listed in section 6772 has expired except as provided below or otherwise expressly authorized by the director pursuant to Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 170.603(c).

(1) Pesticide handling activities. Employees may enter a treated field during a restricted entry interval to conduct pesticide handling activities, including soil incorporation (mechanical or watered-in), provided the employer assures that they are wearing the personal protective equipment specified on the pesticide product labeling for handling activities.

(2) No contact activities. Employees may enter a treated field during a restricted entry interval provided the employer assures that:

(A) There will be no contact with anything that has been treated, including soil, water, air, equipment, or plant surfaces. (B) Inhalation exposure does not exceed any pesticide product labeling standard or, for enclosed space, the ventilation criteria in section 6769 have been met.

(3) Short-term, limited-contact activities. Employees may enter a treated field during a restricted entry interval specified on pesticide product labeling to conduct limited contact activities (including limited contact irrigation) that are necessary and unforeseen, provided the employer assures that:

(A) The restricted entry interval is not for a pesticide product with the requirement on the labeling for both oral notification and the posting of treated fields (double notification);

(B) At least four hours have elapsed since the end of the application;

(C) Inhalation exposure does not exceed the applicable pesticide product labeling standard or, for enclosed space, the ventilation criteria in section 6769 have been met;

(D) Exposure is minimal and limited to the feet, legs (below the knees), hands, and forearms (below the elbows);

(E) The personal protective equipment required for early entry is used by the employees. The personal protective equipment and/or work clothing must conform with the label requirements for early entry PPE or consist of at least coveralls, socks, chemical resistant footwear, chemical resistant gloves, and protective eyewear (if eyewear is required by the pesticide product labeling for early entry workers), whichever is more protective;

(F) The time in treated fields under a restricted entry interval does not exceed 8 hours in any 24-hour period for each employee entering under this exception; and

(G) No hand labor activities are performed.

(4) Short-term, high-contact activities. Employees may enter a treated field during a restricted entry interval specified on pesticide product labeling to conduct other activities, not included in (d)(1), (2), and (3) that do not involve hand labor provided the employer assures that:

(A) At least four hours have elapsed since the end of the application;

(B) Inhalation exposure does not exceed any pesticide product labeling standard or, for greenhouses, the ventilation criteria in section 6769 have been met;

(C) The personal protective equipment specified on pesticide product labeling for early entry is used by the employees. The personal protective equipment and/or work clothing must either conform with the label requirements for early entry PPE; or consist of at least coveralls, socks, chemical resistant footwear, chemical resistant gloves, and protective eyewear (if eyewear is required by the pesticide product labeling for early entry workers), whichever is more protective; and

(D) Entry does not exceed one hour in any 24-hour period for any employee.

(e) Employees may enter a treated field after the expiration of the restricted entry interval specified on pesticide product labeling and while a restricted entry interval specified in section 6772 is in effect to conduct activities, other than hand labor, provided that employees are wearing work clothing with long sleeves and legs, shoes with socks, and gloves.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 12980 and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

6771. Requirements for Early Entry Employees.

(a) Before any employee may enter a field under restricted entry as permitted by section 6770, the employer shall assure that the employee has been informed orally of the following in a manner that he or she can understand:

(1) Location of early-entry area where work activities are to be performed;

(2) Pesticide(s) applied;

(3) Dates and times that the restricted-entry interval begins and ends;

(4) Specific restrictions and conditions pursuant to section 6770 about the work activity to be performed;

(5) Pesticide product labeling precautionary statements related to human hazards;

(6) Symptoms of poisoning;

(7) Emergency first aid and decontamination procedures for pesticide injuries or poisonings, including emergency eye flushing techniques;

(8) How to obtain emergency medical care;

(9) The prevention, recognition, and first aid for heat-related illness if personal protective equipment is used in accordance with Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, section 3395;

(10) Location of the Pesticide Safety Information Series leaflets A-8 and A-9 as required by sections 6723 and 6761;

(11) The need for, use, and care of personal protective equipment required for early entry into treated fields;

(12) That clothing and personal protective equipment may be contaminated with pesticide residues;

(13) Instructions for removing and storing such clothing and equipment, and laundering such equipment; and

(14) The importance of washing thoroughly at the end of the exposure period.

(b) The employer shall provide all required personal protective equipment and provide for its cleaning (according to pesticide labeling instructions or, absent any instructions, washed in detergent and hot water), repair and replacement when it cannot be adequately cleaned or properly repaired. The employer shall assure that all personal protective equipment is inspected before each day of use. The employer shall assure that all personal protective equipment is kept separate from personal clothing, in a pesticide free, specifically designated place, when not in use. All required personal protective equipment required for employees must meet the applicable standards in sections 6738 through 6739.

(c) The employer shall assure that personal protective equipment is used correctly for its intended purpose.

(d) The employer shall assure that cleaned personal protective equipment is dried or stored in a well-ventilated place to dry. The employer shall assure that contaminated personal protective equipment is kept and washed separately from other clothing or laundry.

(e) Personal protective equipment must remain the property of the employer. Employees shall not be allowed or directed to take home pesticide contaminated personal protective equipment. The employer shall inform any person who cleans or launders personal protective equipment that the equipment may be contaminated, about the hazards presented, and how to properly handle and clean it.

(f) The employer shall assure that at least one pint of eyeflush water is immediately accessible (carried by the employee or on the vehicle being operated by the employee) to each employee who is performing, during any restricted entry interval specified on pesticide product labeling, early entry activities in a treated field for which the pesticide product labeling requires protective eyewear.

(g) The employer shall assure that employees engaged in tasks pursuant to section 6770(d) are provided, at the place where they remove personal protective equipment, at least three gallons of water per employee, soap, and clean or single use towels so that they may wash thoroughly at the end of the exposure period. The water shall be of a quality and temperature that will not cause illness or injury when it contacts the skin or eyes or if it is swallowed, and shall be stored separate from that used for mixing with pesticides unless the tank holding water for mixing with pesticides is equipped with appropriate valves to prevent back flow of pesticides into the water.

(h) The employer shall assure that a clean, pesticide-free place for storing personal clothing and putting on personal protective equipment at the start of work and taking off personal protective equipment at the end of the exposure period is provided for employees.

(i) The employer shall take appropriate measures to prevent heat related illness, when necessary.

(j) The employer shall assure that one clean change of coveralls is available for employees engaged in tasks pursuant to section 6770(d) at the decontamination site.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 12980 and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

6772. Restricted Entry Intervals.

(a) The restricted entry intervals specified in this Section shall be applied according to the following:

(1) Other restricted entry intervals are found on pesticide product labeling. In case of an inconsistency between the pesticide product labeling and this Section, the longer restricted entry interval shall be followed;

(2) If more than one restricted entry interval in this Section is applicable to a given situation, the longer restricted entry interval shall apply, except as provided in Section 6774;

(3) When reference is made to pounds of a pesticide in a restricted entry interval, the reference means pounds of active ingredient;

(4) A day is considered to be a 24-hour period beginning at the conclusion of the application to the identified field or portion of a field.

(b) The restricted entry intervals in days in the following table apply to the pesticide/crop combinations listed.


 

PESTICIDE

 CROPS

OTHER CROPS

APPLES CITRUS CORN GRAPES PEACHES/
NECTARINES
Azinphos-methyl 14(B) 30 21 14(B) 14(A)(B)
Chlorpyriphos 2
Diazinon 5 5 5
Endosulfan 2 2 2 2 2 2
Malathion 1 1 1
Methidathion (Supracide) 30
Methomyl (Lannate) 7(C)
Parathion-methyl (non- encapsulated) 14 14(D) 14(D) 14(E) 21 14(D)
Phorate (Thimet) 7
Phosmet (Imidan) 5 5
Propargite (Omite/Comite) 21 42 7 30 21 21(F)(G)
Sulfur 3(H)

Footnotes:

(A) This restricted entry interval for other crops applies to stone fruit, such as apricots, cherries, plums, and prunes, and pome fruit, such as pears, only. Stone fruit does not include almonds and other nut crops.

(B) If the total Azinphos-methyl applied in the current calendar year is 1.0 pounds per acre or less, thinning may be done after seven days.

(C) Applications of methomyl made after August 15, have a 21-day restricted entry interval. This interval may be terminated after 10 days if leaf samples tested pursuant to Section 6774 (c)(4) show 0.1 micrograms per square centimeter or less of dislodgeable foliar residue of methomyl.

(D) This restricted entry interval applies only when more than one pound per acre of non-encapsulated parathion-methyl is applied.

(E) The restricted entry interval for non-encapsulated parathion-methyl on grapes in Monterey County is six days.

(F) The restricted entry interval for strawberries and field grown roses treated with propargite is 3 days.

(G) The restricted entry interval for cotton fields treated with propargite is seven days. However, from the end of the restricted entry interval until the beginning of harvest, the employer shall assure that employees entering propargite treated cotton fields wear work clothing with long sleeves and legs and gloves.

(H) This restricted entry interval for sulfur applies from May 15 through harvest in the counties of: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare; and during March and April in Riverside County.

INFORMATIONAL NOTE FOR Section 6772: The inclusion of a restricted entry interval in this Section does not imply that the use of a pesticide is currently registered. Consult the pesticide product labeling for permitted registered uses.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 12980 and 12981 Food and Agricultural Code.

6774. Restricted Entry Interval Adjustments.

(a) The adjustments in this Section apply only to restricted entry intervals specified in Section 6772.

(b) Whenever a mixture of two or more organophosphate pesticides is applied, the restricted entry interval shall be lengthened by adding to the longest applicable restricted entry interval listed in 6772, 50 percent of the next longest applicable restricted entry interval.

(c) When there is no foliage on the plant that has been treated by a pesticide and any crop or weed cover in the treated area is not over four inches in height, the restricted entry interval shall be reduced by 50 percent, but in no case to less than the restricted entry interval specified on the pesticide product labeling.

(d) A restricted entry interval may be shortened to not less than the restricted entry interval specified on the pesticide product labeling upon verification by the county agricultural commissioner that one of the following has occurred:

(1) Two inches of rainfall within any seven-day period following the pesticide application;

(2) The equivalent of two inches of rainfall has been applied evenly above all plants by sprinkler irrigation equipment within any seven-day period following the pesticide application;

(3) For tree crops, at least 50 gallons of water has been applied at one time under pressure and evenly distributed to each tree; or

(4) The plants have been tested by a procedure acceptable to the director and determined to have no residues or to have residue levels that the director considers not to be hazardous.

(e) Whenever the pesticide product labeling specifies that a restricted entry interval be adjusted when outdoor applications are made in areas that receive less than 25 inches of average annual rainfall, the restricted entry interval specified for the dry areas shall apply to all outdoor applications in the State. A county agricultural commissioner, upon presentation of valid rainfall data from an official governmental source showing that an area within his or her county receives 25 inches or more of average annual rainfall, may exempt that area from this requirement.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 12980 and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

6776. Field Postings.

(a) The operator of the property shall assure that signs are posted around treated fields in the following circumstances:

(1) Whenever required by pesticide product labeling, unless access to the treated field is controlled in a manner that assures no employee (other than the handlers making the application) will enter, work in, remain in, or walk within 1/4 mile during the application and the restricted entry interval.

(2) Applications in an entirely enclosed space, unless access is controlled in a manner that assures no employee (other than the handlers making the application) will enter, work in, remain in, or pass through the enclosed space during the application and the restricted entry interval.

(3) All other applications made in an enclosed space not specified in (2) that result in a restricted entry interval of greater than four hours, unless access to the enclosed space is controlled in a manner that assures no employee (other than the handlers making the application) will enter, work in, remain in, or walk within 1/4 mile during the application and the restricted entry interval.

(4) Any application that results in a restricted entry interval of greater than 48 hours (after adjustment pursuant to section 6774) unless access to the treated field is controlled in a manner that assures no employee (other than the handlers making the application) will enter, work in, remain in, or walk within 1/4 mile during the application and the restricted entry interval.

(b) The signs shall be of a size so that the wording specified in (2) and (3) is readable and the skull and crossbones symbol is clearly visible, to a person with normal vision, from a distance of 25 feet. Signs complying with the size requirements of Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 170.409 are considered to be readable at 25 feet. The signs shall contain the following:

(1) The skull and crossbones symbol near the center of the sign;

(2) The words "DANGER" and "PELIGRO" and "PESTICIDES" and "PESTICIDAS" in the upper portion of the sign;

(3) The words "KEEP OUT" and "NO ENTRE" in the lower portion on the sign;

(4) Whenever the sign is used to indicate a restricted entry interval of more than 7 days, the following information in the lower portion of the sign:

(A) The date of unrestricted entry;

(B) The name of the operator of the property; and

(C) The field identification, (if any); and

(5) All letters and the symbol shall be of a color which sharply contrasts with their immediate background.

(6) The Spanish portion of the sign may be replaced with another non-English language which is read by a majority of workers who do not read English. The replacement sign must be in the same format and meet the same size and other requirements as the original.

(c) The signs shall:

(1) Be posted before the application begins but shall not be posted unless a pesticide application is scheduled within the next 24 hours;

(2) Remain posted and clearly legible throughout the application and the restricted entry interval; and,

(3) Be removed within three days after the end of the restricted entry interval and before any entry prohibited during a restricted entry interval.

(d) The signs shall be posted so that they are visible at all usual points of entry to the treated area, including each road, footpath, walkway, or aisle that enters the treated field, and each border with any worker housing area within 100 feet of the treated field. If there are no identified usual points of entry to the treated field, signs shall be posted at the corners of the treated field. When a treated field is adjacent to an unfenced public right-of-way, such as a road, trail, or path, additional signs shall be posted at each end of the treated field and at intervals not exceeding 600 feet along the treated field's border with the right-of-way.

(e) When a pesticide product with the signal word "DANGER" on the label, or a minimal exposure pesticide listed in section 6790, is being applied to a field through an irrigation system, signs shall be posted in the manner specified in (d). These signs shall contain the following:

(1) An octagon stop sign symbol at least eight inches in diameter containing the word "STOP" in English;

(2) The words "KEEP OUT" and "NO ENTRE" above the symbol and the words "PESTICIDES IN IRRIGATION WATER" and "PESTICIDAS EN AGUA de RIEGO" below the symbol;

(3) All letters shall be at least 2-1/2 inches tall; and

(4) All letters and the symbol shall be of a color which sharply contrasts with their immediate background.

(f) When a fumigant is applied to a field, signs shall be posted in the manner specified in (d). These signs shall contain the following information instead of the information specified in (b):

(1) The skull and crossbones symbol; and

(2) The following statements:

(A) "DANGER/PELIGRO";

(B) "Area under fumigation, DO NOT ENTER/NO ENTRE";

(C) "(Name of Fumigant) Fumigant in use";

(D) The date and time of the fumigation; and

(E) The name, address, and telephone number of the applicator.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 12980 and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

6778. Records.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 407 and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

Reference: Sections 12980 and 12981, Food and Agricultural Code.

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