The signal word Warning on this label indicates that the esticide has a moderate toxicity and should be handled with care.
The “Precautionary Statements,” “Statement of Practical Treatment,” and “Statement of Use” on esticide labels
rovide im ortant information on hazards you must be aware of. Read these statements thoroughly before using the material.
PESTI IDE REGISTRATION AND THE LABEL • 11
Signal Word. An important part of every label is the signal word 9 (Figure 1-3). Part of the registra-
tion process assigns each pesticide to a toxicity category, based on acute toxicity to humans and noted by the signal word. The words Danger and Poison (with a skull and crossbones) indicate that the pesticide is highly toxic. The word Danger used alone indicates that the pesticide poses a dangerous health hazard. Warning indicates moderate toxicity, and Caution means low toxicity. The level of hazard determines the signal word manufacturers must use on their labels.
Precautionary Statements. Precau- tionary statements describe the 10 pesticide hazards (Figure 1-4).
ontents. Labels list the net con-
tents, by weight or liquid 6 volume, contained in the
Manufacturer. Pesticide labels
always contain the name and 7 address of the manufacturer of
This section of the label includes as many as three areas of hazard. Most important are the hazards to eo le and domestic animals. This part tells why the pesticide is hazardous. It lists adverse effects that may occur if people become exposed. It describes the type of protective equipment to wear while handling packages and while mixing and applying.
the product. Use this address if you need to contact the manufacturer for any reason.
Registration and Establishment
Numbers. The U S EPA assigns .. 8 registration numbers to each
The second part of a precautionary statement describes environmental hazards. It tells you if the pesticide is toxic to nontarget organisms such as honey bees, fish, birds, and other wildlife. Here is where you learn how to avoid environmental contamination.
pesticide. You need this EPA number if you are reporting the use of the pesticide. In addition, an establishment number identifies the site of manufac- ture or repackaging.
The third part of the precautionary statement explains special physical and chemical hazards. These include risks of fire or explosion and hazards from fumes.