Fluorescent Tracer Technique: Hands-on Learning for Pesticide Safety Education
The Fluorescent Tracer Technique
The Fluorescent Tracer (FT) Technique was developed for pesticide applicator safety education, training, and self-evaluation. It was designed for pesticide safety educators, including agricultural extension agents, integrated pest management trainers, farm supervisors, safety managers, and anyone interested in teaching safe farming practices. The technique is a powerful tool for showing pesticide contamination and for helping workers evaluate their practices and protective equipment. Quick demos and hands-on activities make learning fun and memorable - seeing is believing!
What is Fluorescent Tracer?
Fluorescent tracer is a non-toxic chemical used to mimic pesticide contamination on skin, clothing, and surfaces. Under normal lighting, when mixed, diluted and applied (like pesticides) it cannot be seen. Under a blacklight tracer is visible and can reveal areas of potential exposure.
The fluorescent tracer manual is a convenient quick reference tool as well as a complete guide for the use of fluorescent tracer in pesticide safety training. The manual is available in Spanish and English.
The manual contains:
- complete educational package
- key messages
- step-by-step instructions
- supply lists
- tips on use
The fluorescent tracer technique provides immediate visual feedback, promotes discussion, and transcends language and literacy barriers.
This DVD contains instruction on preparing FT for demonstrations, and tips for the set up of training areas and dark rooms. Chapters feature two quick demonstrations and an airblast application. This DVD is great tool for instructors and applicators alike.
Video Segments on YouTube
The DVD is a part of the Fluorescent Tracer Kit and it can be viewed online at U.S. Ag Centers' collective YouTube channel. See the Pesticide Safety playlist.