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Pesticide Worker Safety

Restricted Use Products (RUP) Report

EPA classifies pesticides as:

  • restricted use pesticides (RUPs); or
  • general use (unclassified) pesticides.

RUPs are not available for purchase or use by the general public. RUPs have the potential to cause unreasonable adverse effects to the environment and injury to applicators or bystanders without added restrictions. The "Restricted Use" classification restricts a product, or its uses, to use by a certified applicator or someone under the certified applicator's direct supervision. See detailed information on the restricted use classification in 40 CFR 152.160 – 152.175.

EPA registers pesticides and their use on specific pests and under specific circumstances. For example, "Pesticide A," registered for use on apples, may not be used legally on grapes, or an insecticide registered for "outdoor use" may not legally be used inside a building. In some circumstances, use of a registered pesticide may be restricted to pesticide applicators with special training.

The RUP report includes the following items:

  • registration number; 
  • product name;
  • status;
  • registration status;
  • company name; and
  • active ingredients. 

For questions/comments contact Sherada Hobgood (Hobgood.sherada@epa.gov), (703)308-8893. 

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