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Exterminator Safety Training

Everywhere you go in the whole world, there will always be some type of bug. No matter how clean and tidy people keep their homes, offices, and businesses, spiders, cockroaches, flies, and even termites are bound to follow. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Exterminators.

OSHA Required Training

HazCom / GHS OSHA Regulation: 1910.1200(h)

When OSHA Requires HazCom / GHS Training:

Employees that may be exposed to hazardous substances as part of their job. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

When there is a change.

Downloadable HazCom / GHS Training Resources (free):

  • HazCom / GHS Powerpoint

  • HazCom / GHS Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

HazCom / GHS Training Videos (paid):

  • HazCom (GHS) in Industrial Facilities by Atlantic Training

  • GHS Safety Data Sheets Training Video by Atlantic Training

  • HazCom (GHS) in Healthcare Facilities by Atlantic Training

First Aid OSHA Regulation: 1910.266 App B

When OSHA Requires First Aid Training:

In the absence of a nearby hospital or clinic (more than 4 minutes away), a designated employee should be trained to render first aid. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining for life threatening emergencies should occur annually. Retraining for non-life-threatening response should occur 'periodically'.

Downloadable First Aid Training Resources (free):

  • Basic First Aid Powerpoint

  • First Aid Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

First Aid Training Videos (paid):

  • First Aid by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • First Aid: React & Respond AHA by Summit Training

Fire Extinguisher OSHA Regulation: 1910.157(g)

When OSHA Requires Fire Extinguisher Training:

When fire extinguishers exist in the workplace, the employer should train employees on their usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Annually.

Downloadable Fire Extinguisher Training Resources (free):

  • Fire Extinguisher Training Powerpoint

  • Fire Extinguisher Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Fire Extinguisher Training Videos (paid):

  • Using Fire Extinguishers Safely by Atlantic Training

  • Portable Fire Extinguishers Protecting People And Property by Coastal Training

  • Fire Extinguisher Safety by Atlantic Training

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment OSHA Regulation: 1910.132(f)

When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:

When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.

Training Frequency

Retraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.

Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):

  • Personal Protective Equipment Powerpoint

  • Personal Protective Equipment Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Videos (paid):

  • ppe

    Personal Protective Equipment by Atlantic Training

  • ppe construction

    Personal Protective Equipment in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Personal Protective Equipment Refresher by Atlantic Training

Industry Best-Practice Training (Not required by OSHA)

Eye Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Eye Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Eye Safety Powerpoint

  • Eye Protection Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Eye Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Eye Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Eye Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Eye Safety: No Second Chances by Summit Training Source

Slips, Trips and Falls

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Slips, Trips and Falls Training Resources (free):

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Powerpoint

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Slips, Trips and Falls Training Videos (paid):

  • Slips, Trips & Falls by Atlantic Training

  • Slips Trips and Falls in Construction by Atlantic Training

  • Slips, Trips and Falls Taking The Right Steps by Coastal Training

Hazardous Spills

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hazardous Spills Training Resources (free):

  • Spill Response Powerpoint

  • Hazardous Spills Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hazardous Spills Training Videos (paid):

  • Dealing With Hazardous Spills by Atlantic Training

  • Hazardous Materials Spill - Clean Up by Atlantic Training

     
  • Hazardous Materials Labels by Atlantic Training

Hand Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Hand Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Hand Safety Powerpoint

  • Hand Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Hand Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Hand, Wrist, and Finger Safety by Atlantic Training

  • Hand, Wrist and Finger Safety in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Hand Safety by Summit Training

Back Safety

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Back Safety Training Resources (free):

  • Back Safety Powerpoint

  • Back Safety Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Back Safety Training Videos (paid):

  • Back Safety by Atlantic Training

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    Back Safety: Lift for Life by Summit Training

  • Back Safety: The Ergonomic Connection by Summit Training

Ergonomics

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Ergonomics Training Resources (free):

  • Ergonomics Powerpoint

  • Ergonomics Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Ergonomics Training Videos (paid):

  • Industrial Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Office Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

  • Laboratory Ergonomics by Atlantic Training

Decontamination

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Decontamination Training Resources (free):

  • Decontamination Powerpoint

  • Decontamination Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Decontamination Training Videos (paid):

  • HAZWOPER Decontamination Procedures by Atlantic Training

  • Decontamination A Matter Of Life by Coastal Training

  • Decontamination by Summit Training

Indoor Air Quality

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Indoor Air Quality Training Resources (free):

  • Indoor Air Quality Powerpoint

  • Indoor Air Quality Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Indoor Air Quality Training Videos (paid):

  • Indoor Air Quality by Atlantic Training

  • Mold Awareness by Coastal Training

  • Air Emissions HAP Prevention by Summit Training

Heat and Cold Stress

Training Frequency

Annually

Downloadable Heat and Cold Stress Training Resources (free):

  • Heat and Cold Stress Powerpoint

  • Heat Stress Poster

  • Printable Wallet-Sized Compliance

  • Handout

Heat and Cold Stress Training Videos (paid):

  • Heat Stress in Construction Environments by Atlantic Training

  • Cold Stress by Summit Training

  • Heat Stress by Atlantic Training

     

Injury Risk

  • Very Low
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • HIGH
  • VERY HIGH

3.4% (rough approximation based on waste management and remediation services industry) 3.4% Annual Injury Rate

Exterminator Safety Tips

Quick Tip

There are more different kinds of insects than all other animal and plant species combined. That means exterminators must be prepared to handle a lot of different kinds of bugs. Doing research and bringing the right chemical compounds with you the first time will help you to limit your exposure to harsh pesticides over time.

Everywhere you go in the whole world, there will always be some type of bug. No matter how clean and tidy people keep their homes, offices, and businesses, spiders, cockroaches, flies, and even termites are bound to follow. For those who work in extermination, this is great news because business is never slow. But as with any job that has become so common and routine, it can be easy to overlook certain basic precautions one ought to take on every job. Exterminators deal with harsh chemicals and a variety of tools in many different locations. This means that they are at a high risk for injury and illness every day. By reviewing some basic means of safety and precaution, they can easily cut down on accidents and know how to better respond during an emergency.

Know your surroundings—Exterminators do their work in not one place, but several different places a day. Meaning the safety procedures are constantly changing.

  • When in office buildings or construction zones pay particular attention to emergency exits and evacuation procedures.
  • Keep your equipment organized and with you at all times. Never let any clients touch your equipment or play with it, and never leave it lying around to become a tripping hazard.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it in the event of a small fire breaking out.
  • Never lift more than you can handle. Ask for help from a colleague and always employ proper lifting techniques to save your back from unnecessary strain.
  • Pay close attention to the structures you are investigating for evidence of bugs. This can sometimes require crawling under houses or on roofs. Watch out for sharp objects and debris in these areas.
  • Make sure others are aware of your location in case you get stuck or trapped.
  • Always use an appropriate ladder if investigating something up high, and never stand on the top of a ladder.

Use the proper gear—even “green” pesticides can be harmful to your health after long periods of exposure. Make sure you are taking every precaution when handling these chemicals.

  • Always use the appropriate mask that is strong enough to filer out hazardous gasses.
  • Protect your eyes with the use of safety goggles.
  • Make sure you have gloves that are thick enough to protect you hands from any chemicals that might spill or splash over.
  • Never wear loose clothing that could get caught on something when inspecting a home of office.
  • Make sure any electrical tools you use have good power cords that haven’t been frayed or damaged.

Drive safely—moving from one location to the next all day long means lots of time on the road.

  • Always obey traffic laws and signs.
  • Never speed.
  • Keep an eye out for other drivers on the road, practice defensive driving whenever possible.

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