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We're moving our State Conference!
Due to a unique opportunity, the Board of Directors has elected to move the dates and locations of our November annual event. Mark your calendars for November 13-14. We'll be staying in Lancaster, but moving to the Spooky Nook Sports Complex, a one-of-a-kind sports and conference center.
Check it out here!
We'll be offering more great speakers and look forward to seeing you there!
Dealing with a Damaged Pesticide Container
Written by Techletter. Reprinted with permission. www.techletter.com.
A leaking pesticide container demands immediate action. Put on any personal protective equipment, such as rubber gloves or goggles, that is required or suggested on the label. If the leaking is severe, first contain the leak.
A quick way to do this is to simply place the container inside a 3-gallon or 5-gallon plastic bucket. If possible, turn the container so that the point of the leak is on top. Then take steps to transfer the pesticide. You have several options:
- Transfer the pesticide into a spray tank and use it as soon as possible at an application site and rate that is listed on the label, or...
- If you have another partially full container of the same product, transfer the pesticide to that container. Be sure that the second container holds exactly the same product at the same concentration and still has its label intact, or...
- Transfer the pesticide to another clean, sturdy container that can be tightly closed. By law, a replacement pesticide container must be properly labeled. If possible, remove the label from the damaged container and securely attach it to the replacement container. Otherwise, mark the replacement container with the product’s name, EPA registration number, signal word, and percent concentration. Then get a copy of the label as soon as possible from your files, the Internet, your pesticide supplier, or from the manufacturer (whose phone number is usually on the label), or...
- Place the entire damaged container with its contents into a suitable larger container, such as a plastic bucket with lid. This should be only a short-term solution for liquid pesticides, however, since the label on a leaking container may become unreadable. The pesticide becomes useless unless you know what it is and can read the label directions. A leaking container of dry pesticide (granules or dust) can be placed inside a heavy duty plastic bag.
- Meanwhile, salvage any puddled concentrate that you can (using a dust pan, sponge, or whatever), and then use kitty litter, sand, or a spill control product to soak up the rest for disposal. Check with the manufacturer to find out how best to decontaminate any leftover residue.
- Remember to triple-rinse the damaged, empty container before disposal.
Note: The contents of a leaky aerosol or other pressurized container can’t be transferred to a replacement container and will have to be carefully disposed of according to label directions.
If you find a pesticide container that is cracked, partially crushed, rusting, or looks corroded, don’t wait until it’s actually leaking. You need to use up that pesticide or transfer it to another acceptable container, and properly label it, as soon as possible.
Why You Hate Work
Originally published by the New York Times. Listed as a top ten article for Entreprenuers to read.
By Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath
Editors’ note: We hope you’re not totally miserable at the office tomorrow, but if you are, here’s one article from the archives that may explain why.
THE way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult to get your most important work accomplished, amid all the distractions, and you don’t believe that what you’re doing makes much of a difference anyway. By the time you get home, you’re pretty much running on empty, and yet still answering emails until you fall asleep.
Increasingly, this experience is common not just to middle managers, but also to top executives.
Our company, The Energy Project, works with organizations and their leaders to improve employee engagement and more sustainable performance. A little over a year ago, Luke Kissam, the chief executive of Albemarle, a multibillion-dollar chemical company, sought out one of us, Tony, as a coach to help him deal with the sense that his life was increasingly overwhelming. “I just felt that no matter what I was doing, I was always getting pulled somewhere else,” he explained. “It seemed like I was always cheating someone — my company, my family, myself. I couldn’t truly focus on anything.”
Mr. Kissam is not alone. Srinivasan S. Pillay, a psychiatrist and an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School who studies burnout, recently surveyed a random sample of 72 senior leaders and found that nearly all of them reported at least some signs of burnout and that all of them noted at least one cause of burnout at work.
David Leonhardt helps you make sense of the news — and offers reading suggestions from around the web — with commentary every weekday morning.
More broadly, just 30 percent of employees in America
feel engaged at work
, according to a 2013 report by Gallup. Around the world, across 142 countries, the proportion of employees who feel engaged at work is just 13 percent. For most of us, in short, work is a depleting, dispiriting experience, and in some obvious ways, it’s getting worse.
Demand for our time is increasingly exceeding our capacity — draining us of the energy we need to bring our skill and talent fully to life. Increased competitiveness and a leaner, post-recession work force add to the pressures. The rise of digital technology is perhaps the biggest influence, exposing us to an unprecedented flood of information and requests that we feel compelled to read and respond to at all hours of the day and night.
Join us at our upcoming 2019 events!
Central Region Fall Seminar
– Tuesday, August 20 (Park Inn, Mechanicsburg, PA)
Western Region Fall Seminar
- Thursday, August 29 (Doubletree, Cranberry Twp., PA)
Eastern Region Fall Seminar
– Thursday, September 12 (Wyndham, Trevose, PA)
Northeast Region Fall Seminar
– Thursday, September 26 (Radisson Hotel, Scranton, PA)
Annual State Conference
– Wednesday and Thursday, November 12-14 (Spooky Nook Sports, Lancaster, PA)
Note the date and location change!
The Eastern Division continues to hold its monthly meetings with varying topics of discussion on the second Thursday of every month at the Crowne Plaze in Trevose. For more information on monthly topics and speakers, contact Sue at (215) 331-1121.
The NJPMA is inviting you to join us at the
72nd Annual Clinic, Trade Show and Clambake!
* Earn Credits! DE, MD, NY and PA Available!
* Learn Valuable Information
* Meet Industry Leaders
* See Latest Technology from Exhibitors
* Cap off a Great Day with Great Food!
Neighboring Pest Associations get to take advantage of our “Friends and Family” Rates!
Make Plans to Join us Under the Tent for The 72nd Annual Clinic, Trade Show and Clambake as we return to Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ
August 15th, 2019!
For up-to-date information on the Spotted Lanternfly and the current quarantine zone, visit the PA Department of Agriculture's website at the link below.
International Partners Continue Work to Conserve Monarch Butterflies as Deadline for Decision on Protected Status is Extended
Instantly recognizable and treasured by backyard gardeners, farmers and nature lovers alike, the monarch butterfly undertakes one of the most remarkable migrations in the animal kingdom. Yet in recent years it has experienced significant population declines, motivating an international conservation effort to bring numbers back to former levels.
As these efforts continue, involving myriad partners from the government, non-governmental and private sectors, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been working to assess the monarch’s status in response to a petition to list the species under the Endangered Species Act. In an agreement approved by the court, the deadline to determine whether the species warrants federal protection has been extended to December 15, 2020.
The deadline extension was agreed to by the Center for Food Safety and Center for Biological Diversity, who had petitioned the Service to formally assess the status of the butterfly. The extension allows the Service to focus additional effort on obtaining the best available science, including data from the latest overwintering surveys.
“Conservation of the monarch and other at-risk species is a Service priority,” said Charlie Wooley, the Service’s acting Midwest Regional Director. “Properly assessing the status of the monarch butterfly is a vast and complex undertaking. It involves significant data collection and analysis across a huge swath of North America. We thank the petitioners for agreeing to the additional time to ensure we get this right.”
While completing the monarch status assessment, the Service will continue to work with a broad range of partners as part of an international initiative to conserve the butterfly across its range. Such efforts have resulted in the planting of millions of milkweed plants – the sole food source of monarch caterpillars – to benefit the monarch and other pollinators.
With completion of the status assessment in December 2020, the Service will determine whether protecting the monarch under the Endangered Species Act is warranted. If so, the Service will publish a proposal to list the species and will seek public input before making a final decision.
“Regardless of the decision, we are committed to conserving the monarch butterfly. Monarchs, bees and other pollinators perform a crucial function that sustains ecosystems and puts food on our tables,” Wooley said.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit
The information below represents legislative activity (including bill introductions) that has occurred since the last newsletter. For a full listing of legislation that Versant is tracking for PPMA, please contact us at (717) 635-2320 or email@example.com. Activity marked HCO or SCO indicates a co-sponsorship memo which precedes the actual introduction of legislation and is designed to secure the support of other legislators prior to introduction as a bill.
HB 21 - Helm, Sue (R) - Amends the Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law, providing for the regulation of the practice of home inspection; and making a related repeal.
This legislation is of particular interest to PPMA. The bill has been refered to the House Professional Licensure Committee where it awaits action.
HCO 1764 Solomon, Jared (D) - Modernizes and overhauls the Landlord and Tenant Act.
The co-sponsorship memorandum has been filed. We await the filing of the legislation.
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