Rule 6: Spray team members must comply with all directives given by their team leaders and program managers.
Spray operators are often selected from the community and employed for period ranging from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the complexity of the campaign, and trained to apply insecticide. They should, under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health or other pertinent local authority undertaking the IRS campaign, be able-bodied, able to work with minimum supervision and be able to read and write. Spray operators should be at least 18 years old, with no previous criminal records, physically fit, with no skin conditions, healthy and able to operate the sprayer. If women are employed, they must understand that they must not be pregnant or lactating at the time of recruitment or get pregnant during any part of the spray campaign and that pregnancy can be grounds for relocation away from active spraying or termination of their contract. Spray operators should be responsible persons who can communicate with residents. Once teams are selected, spray operators are trained in the proper insecticide application techniques, effective communication and record keeping.
DUTIES OF SPRAY OPERATORS
• Reports for duty on time and ready to work.
• Respects local customs, laws and regulations.
• Keeps his/her sprayer, tools, personal protection, etc clean and in good working and assumes total responsibility for all the equipment under his/ her care.
• Applies all insecticides following the program’s procedures, protocols and directives, be accountable for all insecticide sachets issued to him/her.
• Wears personal protection equipment as instructed while spraying and protect him/herself and the environment from insecticide contamination.
• Maintains accurate records of his/her activities while on duty as a spray operator.
• Is courteous and respectful to the householder and residents and their property.
• Conducts complete and comprehensive spraying of assigned homes.
• Explains the purpose of spraying and precautions taken and answers any question posed by the resident or his/her family.
• Assists the householder, if necessary, to move furniture and other belongings.
• Reports any problem to his/ her team leader as soon as they arise.
• Carries out instructions given by the team leader in a timely fashion.
• Thanks each householder for his/her cooperation and answers or addresses any concerns, upon completing his/her work.
DUTIES OF TEAM LEADERS AND SUPERVISORS
• Assists in the training of spray operator and guides them in the proper completion of their duties, following the established proce- dures and protocols in a timely fashion.
• Keeps all spray personnel up-to-date and informed as to their progress and that of the Campaign.
• Continually and routinely checks their team members to make sure their equipment is kept clean and in working condition.
• Carries out or supervises minor field repairs to sprayers and personal protection equipment;
• Supervises his/her spray team members during spraying operations and ensures their work is carried out according to instructions and following established protocols and procedures.
• Conducts sporadic checks on application equipment and nozzles so that appropriate discharge and application rates are maintained.
• Ensures his/her team members have adequate supplies of insecticide, water, record cards, replacement PPE, etc.
• Ensures that zone maps are always available (or produced) and are updated as his/her team members progresses from village to village.
• Ensures home owners and residents are notified of spray operations at least a day in advance.
• Contacts the village chief as soon as his/her spray squad enters the village.