Pest Management for City Departments
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San Francisco city staff have been national leaders in integrated pest management (IPM) since the City passed its Integrated Pest Management Ordinance in 1996. The Ordinance governs the way pests are managed on all City properties, but does not apply to private property. Specifically, the law applies to any City staff or contractors managing unwanted insects, rodents, birds, weeds, or other organisms for buildings & landscapes that are:
The IPM ordinance contains requirements for:
For simplicity's sake, we have assembled a printable Compliance Checklist that also includes the latest version of the Reduced Risk Pesticide List. Some key links are:
IPM technical resources: Information on specific pests and management techniques
List of departmental IPM coordinators for the City & County of San Francisco
Signs for posting: Posting is required 3 days before to 4 days after pesticide spraying
Reporting pesticide use data (password required)
Request exemptions for pesticides not listed on the Reduced Risk Pesticide List (City IPM staff only)
Sign up for emails to be notified of upcoming IPM TAC meetings or other events
The Reduced Risk Pesticide List is maintained and updated annually by San Francisco's IPM Program, which includes the Department of the Environment and other City department stakeholders. These pesticide products may only be used as a last resort after other, non-chemical management options have been exhausted, and in keeping with limitations listed. The List is only appropriate for City staff or contractors managing pests on City property. It is not relevant to US Green Building Council LEED requirements, which are described elsewhere.
Each product on the list has been::
1. Screened using the SF Pesticide Hazard Screening Protocol
2. Reviewed by the SF IPM Technical Advisory Committee (IPM TAC). The IPM TAC is convened by the Department of the Environment and is composed of City IPM Coordinators, contractors, IPM specialists from non-City agencies, and other interested parties. Each year, the TAC considers product hazards, potential for exposure, data gaps, and existence of safer alternatives before placing products on the List
3. Presented at a public hearing
4. Approved by the Commission on the Environment
The SF Reduced-Risk Pesticide List is not appropriate for non-City-owned properties or other agencies because it:
Leases: Because all properties leased from the City fall within the requirements of the IPM Ordinance, the ordinance must be referenced in any new lease agreements. Properties leased by the City should also include such language when possible. Here is some sample language:
Leasee, and any pest management contractors operating on the leased property, shall comply with all requirements of San Francisco's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Ordinance (Chapter 3, San Francisco Environment Code) These requirements include, but are not limited to: Using pesticides as a last resort, using only pesticides on the current SF Reduced Risk Pesticide List, posting notifications of all pesticide applications three days before treatment, leaving these postings for at least four days after treatment, and reporting all pesticide use by staff or contractors. Details can be found at the San Francisco Department of the Environment website, http://sfenvironment.org/article/pest-management/managing-pests-on-city-....
Service contracts: City departments who contract for landscape rennovations or similar services should include similar language in the contracts to ensure that activities are conducted according to the law's requirements.
City departments who need to safely dispose of pesticide products - or other hazardous waste - can schedule pickups by the Department of Public Health.
Model IPM plans created by San Francisco departments or other agencies
Before the 2010 revision of the IPM Ordinance, SF Environment was required to submit full annual reports on the IPM Program. Beginning in 2010, SF Environment will post summaries of pesticide use trends on City properties on its website.
2004 Workshop on Approved Pesticide Lists
Exemptions granted - City departments must request special exemptions to use pesticides that are not on the current Reduced Risk Pesticide List. Exemptions that are approved are automatically posted on this page.
Reports of any federal or state pesticide violations - including unsafe application or use in violation of the pesticide label - should be directed to the SF Agricultural Commissioners Office, housed at the Department of Public Health's Pesticide Use Enforcement Program at (415)252-3862.
Complaints, comments, or concerns about pesticide use or pest problems on City properties can be registered directly with the relevant City department, or can be entered in our list. We will direct the issue to the appropriate City agency.
Meetings: Watch this space for announcements of upcoming meetings and conferences.
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