Latest Pesticide News For Applicators 05/14/2024

Understanding the EPA’s Methylene Chloride Risk Management Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting you to attend a webinar on the final methylene chloride risk management rule held on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. This webinar will provide insights into the new regulations and implementations for methylene chloride use, a chemical linked with numerous health risks such as liver cancer, lung cancer, and neurotoxicity. This summary highlights the key points and significant updates on the matter facilitating pesticide safety.

The Impact of the Methylene Chloride Ban

In April 2024, in a revolutionary step promoting chemical safety, the EPA imposed a ban on most uses of methylene chloride. This action is predicted to save lives and aligns with President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, aimed at preparing a comprehensive government-led strategy against cancer. The final rule ensures public health by retaining specific key uses under robust worker protection programs.

EPA’s Groundbreaking Worker Safety Measures

Emphasizing on pesticide safety, the EPA’s rules for methylene chloride also establish groundbreaking worker protections. A handful of highly industrial uses are permitted under the new Workplace Chemical Protection Program. This program consists of stringent exposure limits, monitoring measures, and training & notification requirements thereby safeguarding workers from adverse effects of methylene chloride exposure.

Persistent Uses under the Protection Program

Highly industrialized uses important for national security and the economy will continue under the chemical safety-driven Workplace Chemical Protection Program. Specific uses required by organizations like the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Defense, and Federal Aviation Administration will be maintained under strict workplace controls.

Registration and Query Submission
To participate in the webinar and pose your queries to the EPA, register by Tuesday, May 28. Information on how to connect to the webinar will be shared upon registration.
Webinar Registration Link

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