Department of Pesticide Regulation
|August 1, 2002
|County Agricultural Commissioners
OVERSIGHT INSPECTION PROCEDURES MANUAL
As you are aware, the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is beginning a new oversight inspection program (ENF 2002-021) which now combines the efforts of compliance assessment and overview training assessment into a single process that we expect will provide county agricultural commissioners (CACs) and DPR with information for prioritizing resources, measuring program improvements, and when identifiable, to follow-up on worker protection safety (WPS) items in previous county compliance assessment findings.
The attached procedures are for Senior Pesticide Use Specialists conducting oversight inspections of CAC staff performing pesticide inspections. They have been developed to help assure that oversight inspections are performed and documented in a consistent and uniform manner throughout the state.
In establishing this new process the inspections for fiscal year 2002/03 will be conducted primarily in four counties. Our present resources allow for us to conduct approximately 200 oversight inspections annually; however, some oversight inspections may be conducted in other counties if regional office resources allow or when requested by the CAC. Regional staff will discuss the procedures with individual commissioners and their staff prior to implementation. Please keep in mind that this is a working document and we expect that changes will be made as we proceed.
In your review and comment of the procedures, please note the following issues:
These new procedures should increase the effectiveness of the oversight inspection process, more accurately assess industry compliance with pesticide laws and regulations, and identify county inspection program needs. I realize that this new way of doing business may certainly pose some concern, but hope we can mutually commit to establishing a process for the future that will better serve us all.
As always, if there are aspects of this program that present a problem for your county or you have comments or suggestions for modifying the program, please contact me or your senior liaison.
|Original Signature by:
|Scott T. Paulsen, Chief
Pesticide Enforcement Branch
Oversight Inspection Procedures Manual, PDF
FY 2002/2003 Oversight Project Schedule, PDF
County Compliance Activity Summary, PDF
cc: Mr. Daniel J. Merkley, Agricultural Commissioner Liaison (w/Attachments)
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California 95812-4015 · www.cdpr.ca.gov
A Department of the California Environmental Protection Agency