Bureau of Compliance Monitoring
Rules and Regulations
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), is responsible for enforcing all pesticide regulations and laws, both state and federal. The Bureau of Compliance Monitoring is responsible for carrying out provision of the Florida Pesticide Law, Chapter 487, Florida Statutes (F.S.) and Rule 5E-2 and 5E-9, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). Through cooperative agreements with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department also implements provisions of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
Section 487.2042, F.S., the Florida Agricultural Worker Safety Act, specifically addresses submission of complaints.
487.2042 Submission and investigation of complaints.--
(1) The department shall cause to be investigated any complaint which is filed under this part if the complaint is in writing, signed by the complainant, and is legally sufficient. A complaint is legally sufficient if it contains ultimate facts which show that a violation of this part, or the rules adopted under this part, may have occurred. In order to determine legal sufficiency, the department may require supporting information or documentation. The department may investigate an anonymous complaint or a complaint made by a confidential informant if the complaint is in writing and is legally sufficient, if the alleged violation of law or rules is substantial, and if the department has reason to believe, after preliminary inquiry, that the alleged violations in the complaint are true. The department may initiate an investigation if it has reasonable cause to believe that a person has violated this part or the rules adopted under this part.
(2) A privilege against civil liability is hereby granted to any complainant or any witness with regard to information furnished with respect to any investigation or proceeding pursuant to this part, unless the complainant or witness acted in bad faith or with malice in providing such information.
History.—s. 7, ch. 2005-210.
Filing a Complaint
In general, it is a violation of state and federal law to use a pesticide inconsistent with label instructions. If you believe pesticides have been used incorrectly, you can file a compliant with our office. Please have the following information ready when you contact us:
- The name and contact information of the complainant/victim.
- Name and address of the individual or firm who allegedly misused the pesticide(s).
- Date and time of the incident.
- A description of the incident.
- Name and/or EPA Registration Number of the pesticide(s) involved.
To file a complaint contact:
FDACS Bureau of Compliance Monitoring
3125 Conner Boulevard, Bldg. 8 (L-29)
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1650
(850) 617-7880 (telephone)
(850) 617-7896 (fax)
For agricultural worker safety complaints you can also contact:
Florida Farm Worker Help Line
For questions, concerns, complaints or compliments please email us at AESCares@FreshFromFlorida.com