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1 The Label is the LAW: Read the Label North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food and Drug Protection Division - Pesticide Section

2 Steps in the Registration Process Discovery of compound Greenhouse & field efficacy studies Acute toxicology studies Chronic toxicology & environmental fate studies Residue studies (for food crops) Risk assessment developed Submission of registration package to EPA Final labeling developed Marketing begins Approximately 5-10 years from discovery to market

3 The Registrants Responsibility A registrant is a company that produces EPA registered pesticides A registrant must –Produce at an approved EPA establishment –Label containers with EPA approved labeling –Guarantee contents as advertised

4 Registrants Responsibility...continued Steward the product by reporting adverse effects associated with the pesticide and by promoting safe & judicious use of the product Keep production/disposal records Register the product in the state it will be offered for sale

5 What information is found on a pesticide label? Brand name of pesticide % Active ingredient(s) EPA reg. number and establishment number Keep Out Of The Reach Of Children Signal word (Caution, Warning, Danger)

6 Information found on a label...continued Precautionary statements - Hazards to Humans and Domestic Animals Statement of practical treatment Physical and environmental hazards, including drift issues Directions for use Storage and disposal Worker protection information

7 The Users Responsibility Read the label Use according to label directions Storage Mix, load and use PPE Drift, water precautions, desirable vegetation Restricted areas Chemigation

8 Disclaimer The following Trimec Classic label is incomplete. Use of the Trimec Classic label for instructional purposes does not constitute endorsement by the North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services.



11 Active ingredients: Whats in the container? Dimethylamine Salt of 2,4- Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid……….25.93% Dimethylamine Salt of 2-(2-methyl- 4 - chlorophenoxy propionic acid)…13.85% Dimethylamine Salt of Dicamba, 3,6 dichloro- o- anisic acid…………...………….2.76% Inert Ingredients…………………...57.46%


13 PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) Found under heading Precautionary Statements Indicates what PPE a mixer/loader must wear when handling the concentrated product. Indicates what PPE an applicator must wear when using the diluted product.

14 PPE for using Trimec Long-sleeved shirt Long pants Shoes plus socks Chemical resistant gloves Eye protection (safety glasses, goggles, faceshield) Container > 1 < 5 gallons must wear coveralls


16 Environmental Precautions Avoid drift or runoff since product toxic to aquatic invertebrates Do not apply directly to water Do not contaminate water when disposing of equipment wash-water Do not contaminate domestic or irrigation waters Do not apply when conditions favor drift away from target area Observe groundwater precautions


18 The label is the law It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling

19 What Laws? Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) The North Carolina Pesticide Law of 1971 and attending Regulations. (G.S. 143 Article 52)


21 Storage and Disposal Do not contaminate water, food, or feed by storage or disposal Where and how to store the product ? Store in original container in a locked storage area Keep from freezing Where and how to dispose of excess product?...Use excess on a labeled site Where and how to dispose of container? …Triple rinse (or equivalent)


23 Use Precautions Specific chemical and physical hazards associated with the use of the product. Drift and volatilization Targets Chemigation allowance or prohibition Environmental conditions to avoid such as temperature and wind



26 Directions for Use Labeled sites When to apply for best results Maximum rate per application / season Rate of application and carriers Application methods Pests controlled


28 North Carolina Pesticide Storage Regulations NCAC 9L.1901-.1913

29 General storage requirements for all pesticides Storage requirements for commercial storage of any quantity of RUPs Contingency Plan requirement for large commercial facilities (10,000 or more pounds of formulated RUPs at any one time) Pesticide Storage Requirements Three Categories of Pesticide Storage:

30 General Storage Requirements Common sense, safety requirements for all pesticides Prevent leaking Facilitate inspection No unlabeled containers Do not store in any food, feed, beverage, or medicine container Do not store as to contaminate food, feed, beverage, eating utensils, tobacco, seed, fertilizer or other pesticides Store to prevent unauthorized access Free of combustibles and other fire hazards Label recommendations, i.e. temperatures and restricted sites for storage

31 Restricted-Use Pesticides Locked when unattended Pesticide storage warning sign posted: Required language Absorptive material on hand for spills Do not store within 100 feet of public water supply or 50 feet from a private water supply Pre-fire plan (offsite copy and onsite copy on hand). Request annual inspection from fire department. Current inventory lists of RUPs updated every 30 days Requires communication between facility and local fire department or emergency services managers. In addition to the previous requirements:

32 Contingency Plan Consists of what to do at the facility in case of fire, spill, explosion, or sudden release Very detailed plan. Have approved plan (PC-417) by NCDA&CS Inspector Do not store within 200 feet of schools, institutional facilities, hospitals, nursing homes. Requires communication between facility and local emergency responders to plan in advance of emergencies. In addition to the previous 2 groups of requirements:

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