Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

Webinar: First Aid for Pesticide Exposure

Date: April 21, 2022

Time: 9:00am to 10:00am

This presentation examines the acute health risks associated with the use of pesticides, based on their relative toxicity and the degree of exposure. While we cannot change the toxicity of a pesticide, we CAN change the extent of our exposure to it. In this presentation we will look at ways to reduce exposure through best practices such as; limiting the frequency and duration of pesticide use, selecting appropriate application technology and personal protective equipment, and other approaches to providing a safety-conscious work environment.

Even with all the safeguards and training in place, incidents still happen, and it is important that everyone involved is prepared to administer First Aid, should an accidental exposure occur. We will discuss the practical approaches to handling the common routes of exposure; however, this does not replace the need for proper Standard First Aid training through an authorized training provider.

About the presenter: Lisa Rybchuk is the owner/operator of Woodchuk Enterprises Ltd., a vegetation management and safety training company operating near Carstairs, Alberta.  As a Licensed Pesticide Applicator, Lisa provides weed control services in Landscape, Industrial, Forestry, and Agricultural settings.  She also teaches the Authorized Assistant course and provides tutorials for those preparing to write their Pesticide Applicator or Commercial Dispenser exams.  In addition to pesticide-related training, Lisa is also a National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) and a licensed safety instructor in First Aid, H2S Alive, Fall Protection, Confined Space, and Ground Disturbance training.

This webinar is approved in British Columbia and Alberta for one Continuing Education Credit (CEC) towards recertification in the Human Health & Pesticide Safety category. To qualify for this credit, you must attend the webinar for one hour and answer the quiz at the end. Please contact the Integrated Vegetation Management Association of British Columbia (IVMA of BC) with any questions you may have.

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