The Bureau of Pesticide Compliance
(BPC) is responsible for enforcing the state code and the Federal
Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Routine
inspections, compliance assistance, and complaint investigations
are conducted at commercial applicator businesses (such as pest
control operators and lawn care companies), and farms. Environmental
sampling is conducted to determine violations and to decide
if any pesticide contamination must be removed. The bureau is
also responsible for enforcing the recently adopted Worker Protection
Standard that involves the protection of 40,000 agricultural
workers on New Jersey farms and nurseries.
Pesticide Evaluation & Monitoring (PEMS) section conducts
environmental monitoring, performs hazard
assessments on pesticide issues, and conducts routine pesticide
use surveys. In addition, it performs laboratory analysis of
pesticide samples taken for compliance activities, and environmental
monitoring and research projects.
NORTH AND SOUTH INSPECTOR UNITS (Regions)
For organizational purposes, the state is divided
into two geographical regions in which inspectors respond to
complaints, perform routine inspections, and compliance assistance
involving the regulation of pesticide use, sale, distribution,
and manufacture. Mercer, Monmouth, and all counties to the south
of these two counties are considered the "South Region".
All counties to the north of Mercer and Monmouth are considered
the "North Region".
WPS (Worker Protection Standards) UNIT
This unit is responsible for complaint investigations,
routine inspections, compliance assistance, and training activities
related to regulations designed to protect farm workers from
pesticide exposure. The activities of this unit are conducted
statewide - there is no regional distinction.
PESTICIDE EVALUATION AND MONITORING SECTION
- Perform hazard and risk assessments on targeted
pesticides and application methods.Perform pesticide product registration reviews.Provide scientific and technical support
to program.Design, coordinate and carry out environmental
monitoring/research projects associated with pesticide use,
such as those for residues on food, ground and surface water
contamination, levels found in indoor air, sampling strategies,
and analytical methodologies. Analyze pesticide formulation and environmental
samples for compliance and monitoring activities.
- Develop and track environmental indicators
for the NEPPS process.
CEHA (County Environmental Health Act) POSITION
This position is responsible for coordinating
pesticide enforcement work delegated to county health departments
by DEP. Currently there is a pilot program in effect with over
10 counties which are conducting inspections such as checks
for proper licensing and notification posting. This position
is also responsible for coordinating DEP review of local pesticide