The University of Wisconsin–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 a UW–Madison Pesticide Use Policy to reflect community standards, outline “best practices”, and to comply with state and federal regulations concerning pesticide use at UW–Madison facilities. Through this policy, UW–Madison seeks to minimize pesticide exposure risks to all potentially affected individuals and the environment. The major objectives of the policy are to:
- Ensure that UW–Madison students, faculty, staff and visitors are informed of University pesticide use practices through correct notification procedures.
- Define the responsibilities of UW–Madison departments, facilities, agricultural workers, pesticide users, and their supervisors.
- Minimize pesticide exposure to surface water runoff to reduce the amount of pesticides introduced into area lakes, ponds, and streams.