Pesticide Names Chemical name Common name Product name There are three names associated with every pesticide.
Toxicity- Extent or degree to which a chemical substance is poisonous to humans/animals
Measures of Toxicity: The Median Lethal Dose LD 50 The amount (dose) of a chemical which produces death in 50% of a population of test animals to which it is administered by any of a variety of methods mg/kg Normally expressed as milligrams of substance per kilogram of animal body weight
Relative Toxicity: Are all substances toxic? YES! All are toxic to some quantifiable degree Sugar has an LD 50 of 30,000 mg/kg Ethanol has an LD 50 of only 13,700 mg/kg Even water has a recognized LD 50 of slightly greater than 80,000 mg/kg
Primary Routes of Exposure to Pesticides There are three primary routes by which organisms are exposed to pesticides Oral Inhalation Dermal
Signal Words The relative acute toxicity of a pesticide is reflected on the label in the form of a “signal word” The (toxicologically) appropriate signal word MUST appear on every pesticide label The three possible signal words are: CAUTION WARNING DANGER
Formulator Product name EPA Registr # Statement of Ingredients Signal words & human health precautions WPS Precautions General information
Don’t prejudice yourself based on labels There are almost always surprises Environmental scientist Wildlife biologist Senator-Physician
WHERE AND WHO Often the most effective places for communication are the places where you normally meet people - the country store, the grocery, your church,... this means that technicians and temporaries are often doing the talking – keep them up to speed on projects
Don’t promise things that you can’t deliver! “I WANT A SPRAY THAT KILLS EVERYTHING BUT ISN’T DANGEROUS.”
What To Do: Be prepared; know your material Listen carefully Keep your cool Keep the level of discussion appropriate to the audience and, everything else we have said in this talk But, most of all, USE COMMON SENSE!
Maintain records of what you are doing and what is going on in your pesticide program