The Pesticide Management Division of the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is responsible for ensuring that pesticides are used safely and legally. To accomplish this responsibility, WSDA performs a number of activities including registering pesticides, licensing pesticide applicators, dealers and consultants, investigating complaints of possible misuse, maintaining a registry of pesticide sensitive individuals and administering a waste pesticide collection program. These duties are performed under the authority of the Washington Pesticide Control Act (15.58 RCW)
, the Washington Pesticide Application Act (17.21 RCW)
, the General Pesticide Rules (WAC 16-228)
, the Worker Protection Standard (WAC 16-233)
and a number of pesticide and/or county specific regulations. WSDA's Pesticide Management Division, as a regulatory agency, does not provide information on pest identification and control
. There are a variety of other organizations that can help the homeowner, grower, commercial pest control firm and others identify pest control problems and their chemical and non-chemical solutions.