Pesticides and herbicides are commonly used to control unwanted insects and pest plants on the UNC Charlotte campus. The EHS Office offers regulatory and safety assistance for pesticide and herbicide usage, including guidance with FIRFA (the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide program), the EPA Endangered Species Protection Program, and NESHAP (National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants). By working closely with Grounds, FM, and the McMillan Greenhouse, the Environmental Health and Safety Office helps ensure safe chemical applications across campus.
What you need to know
- Pesticides and herbicides may be applied as liquids, sprays, powders, granules, or gasses.
- You may come into contact with pesticides or herbicides inadvertently because they often leave behind a residue on surfaces and equipment.
- It is important to thoroughly wash any skin or clothing that comes into contact with pesticides or herbicides, and seek medical assistance if rash, redness, swelling, or other symptoms occur.
- Pesticides and herbicides are often applied using sprayers, which can result in overspray or aerosolized chemical cross-contamination. It is important to avoid areas being actively sprayed to prevent accidental exposure.
- Proper PPE, including fitted N95 respirators, eye protection, gloves, and boots are required for safe pesticide and herbicide application.
- All personnel applying pesticides on campus are required to be certified by the NC Department of Agriculture to ensure safe application techniques and practices.
The Environmental Health and Safety Office offers the following services:
- Pesticide and Herbicide Regulatory Compliance
- Pesticide and Herbicide Storage Inspections
- Agricultural Chemical Pre-Fire Plan Consultation
- Run-off and Spill Response
- EPA and NCDA Reporting