NIOSH 2013 Pesticide Handler Personal Protective Technology Stakeholders Meeting Agenda

Motivating Best Personal Protective Equipment Practices

March 25 – 26, 2013

March 25, 2013 (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST) [Optional]
March 26, 2013 (8:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST)

NIOSH, Patriots Plaza 1, 395 E Street, SW, Room 9000, Washington, DC 20201

The NIOSH 2013 Pesticide Handler Personal Protective Technology (PPT) Stakeholders Meetings will focus on motivating pesticide handlers and pesticide workers in all industries to use best pesticide personal protective equipment (PPE) practices. This annual stakeholders meeting allows NIOSH to facilitate focused communications from key stakeholder groups from around the country on a key public health need. There is a first partial day on March 25, 2013 (4 PM – 6 PM, EST) that is optional. This first day is open to everyone registered and includes informal introductions and discussions of partnering opportunities, as well as, on-going collaborations. On day two, March 26, 2013 (8 AM – 6 PM, EST), this is the public meeting. In the morning sessions, formal sessions will focus on potential health effects of pesticide exposure, work safety culture, and the use and limitations of storytelling to motivate safer and healthier work practices. Pesticide handlers and pesticide workers will also share their personal stories. The afternoon will be less formal. There will be an update from U.S. EPA. Also, selected stakeholders will showcase unique efforts to improve pesticide PPE practices. There will also be interactive sessions involving an expert panel, in which stakeholders will brainstorm on ways to collaboratively promote wide-spread adoption of best pesticide PPE work practices. The following diverse groups of stakeholders will be represented in the meetings: manufacturers, suppliers, educators, regulators, employee and employer advocates, employers and supervisors and pesticide handlers and workers. The meeting will accommodate 45 stakeholders in-person in Washington, DC and 100 remote stakeholder locations around the country via ‘Live Meetings’.

To attend the meeting in person you may register electronically. To register to participate remotely via Live Meetings, go to:

For more details, please see the Fact Sheet.


  1. Participants will learn how storytelling may be used to effectively motivate safer and healthier work practices
  2. Participants will learn about some key efforts to improve PPE practices from around the U.S.
  3. NIOSH will obtain stakeholders’ input on strategies for future collaborative efforts to improve pesticide PPE practices
  4. NIOSH will facilitate the development of enhanced national, regional, and local collaborations among project partners to improve pesticide PPE practices

March 25, 2013, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EST) [OPTIONAL]

4:00 – 6:00 – Business Meeting and Program Updates

March 26, 2013, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (EST)

Meeting Agenda, Abstracts, and Presenter Biographies pdf icon[PDF – 1.2 MB, 13 pages]external icon

8:00 – 8:10 – Welcome (M. D’Alessandro, PhD, NPPTL Director)

8:10 – 8:45 – Introduction (K. Faulkner, PhD, MPH, and C. Urban, NIOSH)

8:45 – 10:05Pesticides, Cancer, and Neurodegeneration pdf icon[PDF – 4.4 MB, 97 pages]external icon
(X. Huang, MD, PhD, Hershey Medical Center/Penn State University, and M. Alavanja, DrPH, National Cancer Institute)

10:05 – 10:20 – Break

10:20 – 10:45Agricultural Safety Culture pdf icon[PDF – 1.4 MB, 26 pages]external icon
(R. Jester, P.E., University of Delaware, Cooperative Extension)

10:45 – 11:45Use of Storytelling to Motivate Safer Work Practices pdf icon[PDF 5.9 MB, 47 pages]external icon
(E. Cullen, PhD, President, Prima Consulting Services)

11:45 – 1:15 – Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 1:45U.S. EPA and Worker Protection Standard Updates and Funding pdf icon[PDF – 1.5 MB, 26 pages]external icon
(K. Keaney, Chief, Pesticide Safety Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

1:45 – 3:00Innovative Methods of Improving PPE Practices pdf icon[PDF – 6.9 MB, 76 pages]external icon
(Thia Walker, MS, BSC, Colorado State University Extension, Michele Lea Proctor, MID, North Carolina Agrability Partnership – North Carolina Agromedicine, Robin Tutor-Marcom, MPH, NC Agromedicine Institute, Sandra L. Gonzalez De Del Pilar, The Penn State University, Geoffrey Calvert, MD, MPH, NIOSH)

3:00 – 3:15 – Break

3:15 – 5:30Motivating Handlers and Workers to Use Correct Pesticide PPE Practices pdf icon[PDF – 4.2 MB, 49 pages]external icon
(K. Faulkner, PhD) with Expert Panel (X. Huang, MD, PhD, M. Alavanja, DrPH, E. Cullen, PhD, R. Jester, P.E., and K. Keaney)

5:30 – 6:00 – Closing (K. Faulkner, PhD)


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