USDA License inspection Wednesday

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by David Haggerty, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. What can I expect?

    I just got a call from the USDA inspector telling me he will be here next Wednesday at 9:30.

    He wants to check my record keeping for my pesticide license, storage and my operation.
    Said it wouldn't take more than a couple of hours.

    I didn't tell him but you can see everything I've got in 15 minutes. I mean I'm a small operation. Just me, a bacpack sprayer for Roundup, a 12 gallon mower mount for sterilant, and a 25 gallon mower mount boom sprayer for broadleaf control. Havn't applied any bug control.
    My records are a notebook with a copy of every application I've ever made. Maybe 40 total.
    My storage is an old metal kitchen cabinet in the corner of my garage with a magnetic latch.

    Have a pair of rubber gloves and boots. No MSDS sheets.

    Whadda you think? Am I in trouble? What do I need to fix?
  2. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Posts: 867

    I am not sure of the exact specs because I don't use pesticides. BUT it was nice of him to give you a few days notice. My advice is to read the regs again and make sure you are following them. Even if you have a minor violation most likely you would get a warning first time. Good luck.
  3. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,964

    Are you sure it's a federal inspector and not a state inspector? I don't understand that.
  4. dwlah

    dwlah LawnSite Senior Member
    from Argo Al
    Posts: 558

    Get a copy of the MSDS for EVERYTHING in the shop
    Not just the roundup and pesticide stuff
    Most companies have a place on thier website you can download and print out the MSDS sheet
  5. WildWest

    WildWest LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 384

    I agree... anything that you use for THAT business needs a MSDS sheet! If it
    s things for the home (homeowner) you don't need msds sheets! So don't store YOUR house stuff with your Business stuff! (spray paint, oil, etc.)
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    I have never in my life ever heard of anyone in lawn care getting an inspection by the USDA. Are you sure it's not your state Dept. of Ag.?
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I'm not sure what they will require but chances are he's going to rake you over the coals. For example what are your provisions in case you have a chemical spill? As noted above MSDS is an absolute neccessity. You'd better do some homework this weekend and get ready.
  8. wmsland

    wmsland LawnSite Member
    from NE OHIO
    Posts: 127

    It is the Ohio Dept of Ag. not U.S. Dept. I was inspected a few years ago no notice what so ever they just showed up one day, I wasn't here so I made an appointment for them to come back later in the week. Make sure all of your records are up to date for the past 3 years, if you have any chemicals around put them in a locked cabinet ( make sure they have the directions on them or you have the directions on file, did not ask for MSDS's) have a spill kit on hand ( cat litter or some thing along that line) also have some rubber gloves and full protection safety glasses. They will look at where you store your materials then look at all of your records, make some suggestions ask some questions fill out some forms and be on their way. It is really no big deal if you are a small operation. It is mostly things that you should have or be doing any way. Good Luck.
  9. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    I doubt he is going to "rake you over the coals". If he was going to do that, he would not have called and told you when he was going to be there. Don't you only have to have MSDS sheets if you have employees? Not sure on that. When I worked for the water company, we had DEP inspections every year. They do not inspect to make your life hell, they are trying to help you follow the regs. Of course, this can depend if the inspector is an a$s or not. I wouldn't sweat it, though.
  10. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    Yep... you better dig up your paperwork and make sure you are conforming to everything.

    USDA... wow...

    Have you by chance made a large purchase of ammonium nitrate?
    Do you have any federal contracts?
    What about really ticked someone off lately?

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