FACILITY INFORMATION is straightforward, easy to complete, and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.
Essentially, this section will ask you to document who you are and identify others such as those administratively in charge, the name and address of the school, name and address of both indoor and outdoor pest management applicators and company (if applicable).
Once you save this information, the program will automatically prompt you to answer questions regarding your school IPM coordinator and committee members. The IPM Coordinator is the individual within the facility who is generally in charge of pest control activities for the school. This individual is someone who has the authority and backing of the school administration or management. Finally, this individual will have the primary responsibility for ensuring that the IPM plan is carried out. The Pest Control Contractor cannot be the IPM Coordinator. The IPM Coordinator must be someone directly employed by the school If applicable, the IPM coordinator can be for example the head groundskeeper or athletic director for your outdoors IPM plan.
The IPM Committee is composed of individuals who have interests/concerns or who are involved in activities directly or significantly related to pest control at the school. It is recommended that any structural pest control, landscaping or turf care contractors hired by the school also be on the IPM committee or team.
INDOOR PLAN is more involved but should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
Essentially, this section establishes your IPM policy, a communication process, a training protocol, and outlines the site-specific approach your school will implement to manage past and present pest problems. Specifically, questions will be asked pertaining to how the school will monitor and minimize pest access and harborage, as well as sources of food and water that cause pest problems. Finally, with the help of your pest management professional, you will be asked to document the type of pesticide(s) that are used indoors.
OUTDOOR PLAN is much more involved and may take the most time to complete depending on your specific circumstance. However, it should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.
Note: A number of schools especially day care or school aged child care programs may not be using pesticides outdoors for turf and landscaping. However, if pesticides are used on the exterior of the school building(s) or playground equipment for example for ant and wasp control, you will need to complete the outdoor plan section.
Important: If you do not use any pesticides on the exterior of the structure(s), playground equipment, turf, landscape plantings, trees, and shrubs, you only need to select the “no pesticide option” at the beginning of the outdoor questionnaire to complete the outdoor part of the plan.
Essentially, this section this section establishes your IPM policy, a communication process, a training protocol, and outlines the site-specific approach your school will implement to manage past and present outdoor pest problems. Specifically, questions will be asked pertaining to how the school will monitor and minimize pest s and conditions conducive to their survival such as food and water. Finally, with the help of your pest management professional, you will be asked to document the type of pesticide(s) that are used outdoors.
SUBMIT INDOOR PLAN and SUBMIT OUTDOOR PLAN is self-explanatory and takes no more than a minute or two to activate.
Essentially, this section is applies to the actual generation of each IPM plan (indoor and outdoor) with a few simple clicks of your computer mouse.
Welcome to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) interactive web site. The reason that you have visited this site is because “The Act to Protect Children and Families From Harmful Pesticides” now part of the State Pesticide Control Law requires that every school (including day care and school aged child care programs licensed under the Office of Child Care Services) in Massachusetts to adopt, develop, and maintain an indoor and outdoor IPM plan on site for your school.
This particular page titled the IPM Workbook outlines specific sections that you will need to complete in order to print and submit both an indoor and outdoor IPM plan for your school. The IPM Workbook includes the following sections: FACILITY INFORMATION, INDOOR PLAN, OUTDOOR PLAN, AND SUBMIT PLANS. All of the sections contain a number of questions that need to be answered. Your thoughtful answers will be generated into both an indoor and outdoor plan tailored specifically for your school.
Each section will take an investment of your time and the amount of time can vary according to whether you have visited the site before and/or whether you have outdoor pest management being implemented at your school. However, the entire exercise should be able to be finished in less than one (1) hour. The interactive site allows you to save sections and to come back again to amend or otherwise finish. Therefore, it does not need to be completed in its entirety in one sitting