Reading and Understanding the Pesticide Label Page 29
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1 Reading and Understanding the Pesticide Label Page 29
2 The Pesticide Label Label Pesticidal Qualities = FIFRA Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide ActFIFRA, Section 3 = certain information = standard format
3 Purpose of a label Instructions – “user’s manual” Consistent use User safetyEnvironmental safetyUse patterns and restrictionsHow much to useAllowable sitesConsistent use
4 Attached to the container The LabelAttached to the containerLabelingAdd’l info provided by manufacturer - leaflets - flyers - pamphlets
5 Why Read The Label? Label is a legal document -Requirements -Not suggestions!
6 Reflects the risk & benefits of the pesticide Labels and LabelingReflects the risk & benefits of the pesticideDisposalSafetyStorageInsecto ™ is diotomaceous earth and has a labelUse
7 Reading The Label Before You Buy! Controls the target pest? Application conditions?heat or drought?proper equipment setup?Where can it be used?Pesticides are site specificHow much will I needKnow how to mix and plan!What safety equipment (PPE)?
8 Reading The Label Before Mixing PPE? Compatibility? Add’l PPE for mixingCompatibility?How much do I need to mix?Acres x product rate = Amount to add to tank10 acres x 1 pint/acre = 10 pintsMixing order?
9 Reading The Label Before Application PPE? Timing Correct Application Sprayer volume okay?GPARestrictionsSurface & ground waterSensitive areas – crops, etc.Re-entry or grazing intervals
10 Before Storing or disposal Reading The LabelWhere & how to storeTemperature?With other pesticides?Disposal of surplus pesticideApply to labeled site?Cleaning containers for disposalTriple RinsingBefore Storing or disposal
11 Ready Access to information PESTICIDE LABELSStandard FormatSection 3, FIFRAProvides for:Ready Access to information
12 Parts of Pesticide Labeling Restricted or General Use StatementIts nice to know the type of formulation so that you can plan for what kind of safety gear you need. Wet formulations such as Emulsifiable concentrates and Soluble liquids are more easily absorbed whereas dry formulations such as wettable powders (WP) and Dust are more easily inhaled, especially during mixing and loading. The “K” in Tordon 22K means it’s a potassium salt, salts are more soluble in water, but also potassium salts tend to react more with hard water minerals and may cause problems
14 Parts of Pesticide Labeling Signal Words Danger–Poison – it can kill you!Danger – usually associated with skin or eye damageWarning -moderately toxicCaution - least toxicSignal words indicate acute toxicity only (single short term dose).
16 Precautionary Statements Associated HazardsPeople and animalsPrecautions to heedEnvironmentalNon-targetAvoiding contaminationPhysical and Chemical
17 EPA Reg. No. EPA EST. No. Contents Manufacturer The EPA registration number uniquely identifies the pesticide. The EPA Establishment number is found on the actual labels and tells where the product was manufactured. It is not on this slide because the label came from a sample book.Manufacturer
18 Precautionary Statements What safety gear to wear (PPE) Statement of practical treatment (first aid)Instructions on how to respond to an emergency exposure involving the productPrecautionary StatementsWhat safety gear to wear (PPE)User Precautions
19 Brand NameIngredientsPPEEPA #’sSignal WordUser PrecautionsFirst Aid
20 WORKER PROTECTION STANDARD Non-agricultural Use RequirementsPPE required for REI
25 Uses inconsistent with the Pesticide Label it is illegal to use a pesticide in any way not permitted by the labeling.Off-siteImproper equipment settingsImproper rate (lack of calibration)No safety gear worn when the label says you must!Sites must be named in the directions for use.Target pest?
26 Pesticide Labels You may not use higher dosages higher concentrations more frequent applications
27 Pesticide LabelsYou can….apply a pesticide at any dosage, concentration, or frequency less than that listed on the labelingapply a pesticide against any target pest not listed on the labeling if the application is to a plant, animal, or site that is listed,
28 Pesticide Labels Allowed uses not mentioned in the labeling - use any appropriate equipment or method of application that is not prohibited by the labelingmix a pesticide or pesticides with a fertilizer if the mixture is not prohibited by the labelingmix two of more pesticides, if all of the dosages are at or below the recommended rate
29 Material Safety Data Sheets MSDS OSHA Hazard Communication StandardNot intended for use by average or casual applicatorProtect workers who handle pure forms or very high concentrations of a chemical for long periods of timeAnother source of health and safety information