UMass Extension
Pesticide Education Program


Respirator Train-the-Trainer Course for Farmers, Beekeepers, and other employees who need to use respirators

UMass Extension is offering a series of Respirator Train-the-Trainer workshops in 2019. Farmers, beekeepers and other who need to wear respirators, required by pesticide labels, can benefit from the workshop. Participants will learn how the fit test a respirator and select, use, clean, maintain and replace respirators. All handlers must be trained under the EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Respirator Requirement if they apply any pesticide that requires a respirator. Several organic approved (OMRI) pesticides and some miticides used by beekeepers require respirators.
The respirator train-the-trainer workshops are 2 hours long and will be held in multiple locations throughout Massachusetts.    Participants will received a Certificate of Attendance, a check list for respirator training, and a fit test protocol. This is an hands on workshop. Bring your respirator or use one of ours.

Tuesday March 19 Country Club of Pittsfield, 639 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 8am-10:10am

Tuesday April 2 Radisson Hotel, 10 Independence Ave, Chelmsford, MA 8am-10:10am

Wednesday April 3, Hotel 1620 at Plymouth Harbor, 180 Water Street, Plymouth, MA 1:30-3:40pm.

For questions about this workshop please contact Natalia Clifton, UMass Extension , 413-545-1044 or email

Registration Fee:
$40.00 per person. There is a $10 discount per person per workshop if mail in registration form with a check.

Registration Information:
To register online with a credit card click here. To download a registration form and pay by mail with a check click here.

Special Accommodations:
Please contact our office as soon as possible if you require any special accommodations for the two day workshop.

There will be no refunds in the event that an individual can not attend a workshop. Instead, (1) another individual can take his/her place, or (2) he/she can attend another workshop (provided there is sufficient room). Notify our Office in advance of the meeting date if either of the above options are chosen.

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