Pesticide management

Pesticide management


To reduce the presence of pests in buildings and minimizing occupant exposure to harmful chemicals.


Approximately one billion pounds of pesticides are used in a typical year in the U.S. alone. Pesticides and herbicides contaminate rivers and streams, and seep into groundwater through runoff. A U.S. Geological Survey conducted in the 1990s detected pesticide compounds in virtually every stream in agricultural, urban and mixed-use areas, as well as in over 50 percent of sampled wells assessing ground water in agricultural and urban areas. Atrazine, one of the most widely used pesticides, is a suspected endocrine disruptor and is associated with cardiovascular problems. Long-term exposure to glyphosate, a widely used herbicide, may lead to kidney problems and reproductive difficulties.

Part 1
Pesticide Use

Pesticide and herbicide use on outdoor plants is eliminated, or hazards are minimized through one of the following:
The creation of a pest management plan in place of pesticide/herbicide use, based on Chapter 3 of the San Francisco Environment Code Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.
Use of pesticides with a Hazard Tier ranking of 3 (least hazardous) based on screening lists described in Table A2 in Appendix C.