Pesticide Use

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) is committed to protecting employees and the environment from hazards associated with pesticide use on University lands and controlled properties. Accordingly, the UW-Madison Environment, Health & Safety Department (EH&S) has developed the UW-Madison Pesticide Use Policy to reflect community standards, outline “best practices” and comply with state and federal regulations concerning pesticide use at UW-Madison facilities. Through this policy, UW-Madison endeavors to minimize pesticide exposure risk to all potentially affected individuals and the environment. Thus, the policy major objectives are:  

  • Ensure that UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and visitors are informed of University pesticide use practices through correct notification procedures.
  • Define responsibilities of UW-Madison departments, facilities, agricultural workers, pesticide users and their supervisors.
  • Minimize pesticide-contaminated runoff from UW-Madison lands into lakes, ponds and streams.

Please see the complete UW-Madison Pesticide Use Policy and the EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS) guidance document for more information.

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Questions regarding pesticide use/handling, storage, disposal and worker protection can be directed to the Chemical Safety Office. Questions regarding runoff and stormwater management on campus can be directed to the Environmental Compliance Specialist.