COVID-19 Examination Waiver Online Application

Due to recent events relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, Commissioner Gary Black and the Georgia Structural Pest Control Commission (SPCC) have issued new guidance for temporary technician registrations.  Notice 20-02: Temporary Guidance for Structural Pest Control Technicians  
 
The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) announces that COVID-19 Examination Waivers are available to the structural pest control industry for registered employees and can only be submitted online. This feature will assist the structural pest control industry with the temporary waiver cards for new employees while exam centers are closed. After completing the application, submitting pre-examination training form and payment online, the new employee can work under the temporary waiver of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. 
 
How do I submit a COVID-19 Examination Waiver application online?
Visit the GDA Structural Pest Division webpage and click on link  Add New Registered Employee 
  • Log in using company license number and password
  • Go to “Add Registered Employee”
  • Go to “Click Here” for registered employee not previously holding a license
  • Add Employee Information as required
  • Indicate the operational category(ies): Fumigation, Household Pest Control or Wood Destroying Organism (limited to the categories held by the company)
  • DCO signs electronically and verifies that the employee meets the registration requirements.
  • DCO emails training verification form to pest@agr.georgia.gov 
  • Paying for Registered Employee online
  • Hit “Save and Confirm for Payment”
  • Go to bottom of company main page to confirm updates and pay either by credit card or ACH
  • Fill out payment information and process payment
  • You will receive a transaction confirmation by email
  • Application will be reviewed and processed by the GDA.  COVID-19 Examination Waiver will be issued by GDA and a card will be mailed out within 2-5 business days after submitting online and the department receives pre-examination training form. 
 
The Designated Certified Operator (DCO) is required to verify that the employee has met all the requirements of the employee registration rule. The DCO is required to compete the electronic signature.
 
If you have any questions, please contact the office of the Structural Pest Division at 404-656-3641. 
 
Updates and information on COVID-19 can be found at http://agr.georgia.gov/spd-covid-19-updates.aspx 
 

Emergency Rule for Antimicrobial Pest Control

This guidance will remain in effect until further notice.

Emergency Rule for Antimicrobial Pest Control:  Due to recent events relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture has determined that an emergency Rule is hereby necessary to ensure a sufficient number of pesticide applicators are available and authorized to apply general use sanitizers and disinfectants in treating for COVID-19. The Georgia Department of Agriculture has adopted Emergency Rule 40-21-2-0.6-.01 which temporarily allows a person who is currently certified in any operational category or who is appropriately licensed to perform structural pest control services in Georgia to use general use sanitizers and disinfectants to treat for COVID-19 only without being specifically certified in the Antimicrobial Pest Control category. The Emergency Rule is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 120 days. The rule follows or can be downloaded by clicking this link: http://agr.georgia.gov/emergency-rule-commercial-applicators.aspx

Rule 40-21-2-.01. Commercial Applicators

Commercial applicators may be certified in one or more of the following categories:
(a) Agricultural Plant Pest Control. This category includes commercial applicators using or
supervising the use of restricted use pesticides or State restricted pesticide uses in
production of agricultural crops, including, without limiting the foregoing, tobacco,
peanuts, cotton, feed grains, soybeans, and forage, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits and
nuts, as well as on grasslands and noncrop agricultural lands.

(b) Agricultural Animal Pest Control. This category includes commercial applicators using
or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides, or State restricted pesticide uses, on
animals, including, without limiting the foregoing, beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep,
horses, goats, poultry and livestock, and to places on or in which animals are confined;
and also includes Doctors of Veterinary Medicine engaged in the business of applying
pesticides for hire, publicly holding themselves out as pesticide applicators, or engaged in
large-scale use of pesticides.

(c) Forest Pest Control. This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides, or State restricted pesticide uses, in forests, forest nurseries, and forest seed producing areas.

(d) Ornamental and Turf Pest Control. This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides, or State restricted pesticide uses, to control pests in the maintenance and production of ornamental trees, shrubs, flowers, and turf.

(e) Seed Treatment. This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides, or State restricted pesticide uses, on seeds.

(f) Aquatic Pest Control. This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of any restricted use pesticide, or State restricted pesticide uses, purposefully applied to standing or running water, excluding applicators engaged in public health related activities included in category (i) below.

(g) Right-of-Way Pest Control. This category includes commercial applicators using or
supervising the use of restricted use pesticides, or State restricted pesticide uses, in the
maintenance of public roads, electric powerlines, pipelines, railway rights-of-way or
other similar areas.

(h) Industrial, Institutional, Structural and Health Related Pest Control. This category
includes commercial applicators using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides,
or State restricted pesticide uses, in, on, or around food handling establishments, human
dwellings, institutions, such as schools and hospitals, industrial establishments, including
warehouses and grain elevators, and any other structures and adjacent area, public or
private; and for the protection of stored, processed, or manufactured products.

(i) Public Health Pest Control. This category includes State, Federal or other governmental
employees using or supervising the use of restricted use pesticides, or State restricted
pesticide uses, in public health programs for the management arid control of pests having
medical and public health importance.

(j) Regulatory Pest Control. This category includes State, Federal or other governmental
employees who use or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides, or State restricted
pesticide uses, in the control of regulated pests.

(k) Demonstration and Research Pest Control. This category includes:

1. individuals who demonstrate to the public the proper use and techniques of
application of restricted use pesticides, or State restricted pesticide uses, or
supervise such demonstration, and includes such persons as extension specialists
and county agents, commercial representatives demonstrating pesticide products,
and those individuals demonstrating methods used in public programs.

2. persons conducting field research with pesticides, and in doing so, use or
supervise the use of restricted use pesticides; and also includes State, Federal,
commercial and other persons conducting field research on or utilizing restricted
use pesticides.

3. to be certified in Demonstration and Research would require prior certification in
one or more of categories (a) through (j), above.

(l) Aerial Methods. This category includes individuals who have been licensed by the FAA
for Agricultural Aircraft Operations, and who are certified in one or more of the
categories (a) through (j), and (o).

(m) Wood Treatment. This category includes Commercial Applicators engaged in the
business of pressure treating lumber and timber with preservatives classified as restricted
use pesticides, to protect such products from attack by such pests as termites, powder post
beetles, other wood destroying insects, as well as, surface molds and wood destroying
fungi.

(n) Antimicrobial Pest Control. This category includes Commercial Applicators who apply
pesticides (Disinfectants, Sanitizers, Algeacides, Fungicides, etc.) to control undesirable
or harmful algae, bacterial, fungi and viruses in homes, institutions, medical facilities,
industrial and other sites. Certification in this category is not required for any certified
commercial pesticide applicator or any person appropriately licensed for structural pest
control in this State using general use sanitizers and disinfectants in treating for COVID-
19 only.

(o) Agricultural Commodity Fumigation. This category includes Commercial Applicators
applying or supervising the application of fumigants to control insect pests in raw or
processed agricultural commodities.

(p) Antifoulant Paints. This category includes Commercial Applicators who are applying
antifouling paints that have been classified for restricted use to watergoing vessels to
inhibit the growth of aquatic organisms such as barnacles and algae.

(q) Worker Protection Standard. This subcategory is for those engaged in training workers
and handlers as required by EPA's Worker Protection Standard.

(r) Mosquito Control. This category includes commercial applicators using or supervising
the use of restricted use pesticides, or State restricted pesticide uses, in the control of
mosquitoes on residential, commercial and public grounds.

Authority: O.C.G.A. Sec. 2-7-90, et seq.

Pest Control as Essential Services

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a federal list that included pest control service (exterminators) as an essential business. Some cities like the city of Atlanta issued a shelter in place directive and this designation will be helpful for the pest control industry to continue providing essential services.