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  *281.045.  Certified operator license, when required — application, requirements, examination — maintenance of records — liability of governmental agencies. — 1.  All agencies of the state of Missouri and the political subdivisions thereof, and any other governmental agency shall be subject to the provisions of sections 281.010 to 281.115 and rules adopted thereunder concerning the use of restricted use pesticides.

  2.  Public operators for agencies listed in subsection 1 of this section shall not use, or supervise the use of, any restricted use pesticides on any land or structure without a certified public operator license issued by the director.  The certified public operator shall not use or supervise the use of any restricted use pesticide for any purpose unless he has demonstrated his competence to use pesticides for that purpose by being certified by the director in the proper certification category.  Any employee of any agency listed in subsection 1 of this section who is not licensed as a certified public operator may use restricted use pesticides only under the direct supervision of a certified public operator.

  3.  Application for a certified public operator license shall be made in writing to the director on a designated form obtained from the director's office.  Each application shall include all information prescribed by the director by regulation.

  4.  The director shall not issue a certified public operator license until the applicant is certified by passing an examination provided by the director to demonstrate to the director his competence and knowledge of the proper use of pesticides under the classifications for which he has applied, and his knowledge of the standards prescribed by regulations for the certification of public operators.

  5.  If the director finds the applicant qualified to use pesticides in the classification for which he has applied, the director shall issue a license, without a fee, to the certified public operator who has so qualified.  The certified public operator license shall be valid only when the operator is acting as an operator using, or supervising the use of, restricted use pesticides in the course of his employment.  A certified public operator license shall expire three years from the date of issuance unless it has been revoked or suspended prior thereto by the director for cause.  The director may limit the license of the applicant to the use of certain restricted use pesticides, or to certain areas, or to certain types of equipment if the applicant is only so qualified.  If a license is not issued as applied for, the director shall inform the applicant in writing of the reasons therefor.

  6.  The director may renew any certified public operator license under the classification for which that applicant is licensed, subject to reexamination for additional knowledge which may be required to use pesticides safely and properly either manually or with equipment the applicant has been licensed to operate.

  7.  The director shall require the certified public operator, or his employer, to maintain records with respect to applications of restricted use pesticides.  Any relevant information which the director may deem necessary may be required by regulation.  Such records shall be kept for a period of three years from the date of the application of the pesticide to which such records refer, and the director shall, upon request in writing, be furnished with a copy of such records by any certified public operator or his employer.

  8.  Agencies listed in subsection 1 of this section shall be subject to a legal action by any person damaged by any use of any pesticide, which may be brought in the county where the damage or any part thereof occurred.

  9.  Every certified public operator shall display his license in a prominent place at the site, location or office from which he will operate as a certified public operator, that place, location or office being at the address printed on the license.

  10.  Every certified public operator who changes the address from which he will operate as a certified public operator shall immediately notify the director.  The director shall immediately issue a revised license upon which shall be printed the changed address.  The director shall not collect a fee for the issuance of a revised license.  The expiration date of the revised license shall be the same as the expiration date for the original license.


(L. 1974 S.B. 431 § 8, A.L. 1977 H.B. 665, A.L. 1988 H.B. 1384)

Effective 1-01-90

*This section was amended by both H.B. 476 and S.B. 26, 2021.  Due to a delayed effective date, both versions are printed here.

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