Systemwide review of UC Pest Management Policy

To: UCSC Community

From: Sarah Latham, Vice Chancellor Business and Administrative Services and Tony Cobb, Associate Vice Chancellor, Physical Planning, Development, and Operations

The University of California Office of the President invites comments on a proposed Presidential Policy on Integrated Pest Management (“IPM”).  This new policy addresses the following key issues:

  • Recommendations from the UC Herbicide Task Force formed by former President Napolitano including:
    • identification of local and systemwide oversight structures and responsibilities for the IPM Programs;
    • creation and maintenance of a systemwide Pesticide Hazard Tiering System and a systemwide Pesticide Hazard Tier List;
    • integration of a systemwide Pesticide Use Authorization software by every UC location;
    • establishment of certification / licensing requirements for Pesticide Handlers, Applicators, and their supervisors.
  • Exemptions to the policy include: the use of pesticides in research, the use of antimicrobials for hygienic purposes (e.g., disinfecting sprays or wipes, pool treatments, and drinking water treatments), and the use of chemicals for the purpose of sterilizing medical products or equipment.

The proposed policy is available online.

Comments may be submitted to the Policy Coordination Office at by close of business January 11, 2022.