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Landscape Safety Conference

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Event date/time: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
Event location: 
Doubletree Hotel - Milford, MA

Have you ever been bitten by a mosquito? Removed an attached tick? Encountered a poisonous plant? Do you work with pesticides? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, this Landscape Safety Conference is for you. This program will explore many topics that are important for landscapers, arborists, tree wardens, lawn care professionals, grounds managers, and essentially any professionals working in outdoor environments. UMass Extension and speakers from the MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources and the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology will come together to provide this day-long program. Topics include mosquito and tick prevention and safety; tick testing services provided by the Laboratory of Medical Zoology; poisonous plants you are likely to encounter and strategies to keep yourself safe; pesticide storage, transportation, and use safety; and PPE when working with pesticides. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask the presenters questions regarding these topics that affect our health and safety.


Preregistration is required, as space is limited; cost is $90/$81 per person for three or more registrations from the same company (10% discount). Lunch is on your own, morning coffee will be provided.

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8:00 – 8:30 AM Attendee check-in
8:30 – 8:45 AM Welcoming remarks
8:45 – 9:45 AM Tick Prevention, Safety, and UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology Testing Services
Stephen Rich, UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology
9:45 – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 – 11:00 AM Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) When Applying Pesticides
Natalia Clifton, UMass Extension Pesticide Education Program
11:00 – 12:00 PM Common Poisonous Plants in Massachusetts and their Management
Randy Prostak, UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 2:00 PM Mosquito Prevention, Safety, and State Mosquito Control Board Updates
Jennifer Forman Orth, MA Department of Agricultural Resources
2:00 – 2:15 PM Break
2:15 – 3:15 PM Pesticide Storage, Transportation, and Use Safety
Laurie Rocco, MA Department of Agricultural Resources
3:15 – 3:30 PM Credits & adjourn

Pesticide & Professional Credits

Five pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 35, 36, 37, 40, 47 and Applicators License. ISA, MCA, MCH, MCLP, AOLCP, SAF, and CTSP credit requested.

Contact's name: 
Ellen Weeks
Contact's phone: 
(413) 545-0895
Contact's email: 
11 Beaver Street
Milford, MA 01757
11 Beaver Street Milford MA