3930 Department of Pesticide Regulation
10 - PESTICIDE PROGRAMS
The Pesticide Program protects California residents and the environment from adverse pesticide impacts with particular emphasis on the protection of children, vulnerable populations, and communities. Specific activities include:
- Scientific evaluation of whether to register pesticide products for sale or use in California.
- Assessing human health and environmental (air, water quality, and wildlife) risks from pesticides.
- Examination, licensing, and certification of individuals and businesses that recommend, perform, or supervise pest control.
- Collecting pesticide use data and evaluating use trends.
- Monitoring pesticide residues in fresh produce, air, and water, as well as occupational settings.
- Protecting surface and groundwater from pesticide movement through evaluation, prevention, and mitigation.
- Protecting non-target wildlife from pesticide risks.
- Reevaluating and mitigating human health and environmental hazards from pesticides.
- Overseeing local enforcement of pesticide laws and regulations by County Agricultural Commissioners.
- Ensuring pesticide products sold in the marketplace are registered and meet state health, environmental, and safety standards, and that sellers comply with mill assessment responsibilities.
- Promoting the development and adoption of reduced risk pest management practices through outreach, incentives, and grants.