Pesticide Policy (for occupied NMSU campus buildings)

All pest control measures by NMSU employees or contractors shall adhere to the following:

  1. Minimize internal application by utilizing external management strategy or integrated pest management practices

  2. Internal spraying must not expose employees to hazardous vapors:

    2.1 Large area applications are to be conducted after hours when building is not occupied

    2.2 Limited "spot" applications may be performed but personnel should leave the immediate area during application.   Otherwise personal protective equipment (respirators, gloves, and/or tyveks) must be used as required on label. 

  3. Per Hazard Communication Standard, building occupants have the right to be informed of pesticide use in their work area

    3.1 Material Safety Data Sheets and label for each pesticide used must be readily available

    3.2 The schedule for application must be communicated effectively (usually through the building monitor)

    3.3 Employees must be informed of the type of application and unprotected employees should be instructed to leave the affected area during spray applications

  4. Only food safe pesticides will be used inside buildings that house employees or food stuffs.

  5. Pesticide residues will not be left on working surfaces (desks, tables, benches)

  6. Only licensed applicators will select and apply pesticides according to approved methods and label requirements


Contact Information 
 Environmental Health& Safety: MSC-3578, P.O. Box 30001, Academic Research Bldg. C, Rm. 109
    Street delivery address: NMSU, 1620 Standley Dr., Academic Research Bldg. C, Las Cruces, NM 88003
    Training Office: Academic Research Unit C, rm110 (see map ), 
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    This page was last updated on 09/21/2014