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Pesticides must be a lied only in the manner described in the “Directions for Use” section.

Statement of Practical Treatment. The statement of practical 11 treatment provides emergency

first aid information. It describes the emergency first aid procedures for swallowing, skin and eye exposure, and inhalation of dust or vapors. This section tells you when to seek medical


Statement of Use

lassification. As

described above, the U.S. EPA 12 classifies pesticides as either

general use or restricted use. U.S. EPA restricted use pesticides have a special statement printed on the label in a prominent place. Pesticides that do not contain this statement are general use pesticides, except where special state restrictions apply. For information about California restricted materials, check the DPR list, California Restricted Materials Requirements, available from county agricultural commissioners. Some labels have restrictive statements indicating that they are for agricultural or commercial use only. A restrictive statement is different from a statement of use classification.

Directions for Use. The directions for use are an important part of 13 the pesticide label that must be

followed to keep from violating the law except where federal or state laws specify acceptable deviations from the

label (see the section titled, “Deviations from Label Directions”).

The directions for use list all the target pests that manufacturers claim their pesticides control. They also include the crops, plant species, animals, or other sites where you can use the pesticides (Figure 1-6). Here is where you find special restrictions that you must observe. These include crops that you may or may not plant in the treated area (plantback restrictions). They also include restrictions on feeding crop residues to livestock or grazing livestock on treated plants.

These instructions tell you how to apply the pesticide. They specify how much to use, where to use the material, and when to apply it. The directions also include the reharvest intervals for all crops whenever appropriate. Some labels refer to a “harvest interval” or “interval before harvest.” This interval is the time, in days, required after application before you may harvest an agricultural crop.

Agricultural Use Requirements. This special statement appears in 14 the Directions for Use section on

labels of pesticides approved for use in production agriculture, commercial greenhouses and nurseries, and forests. It refers to the federal Worker Protec- tion Standard (Code of Federal Regula- tions, Title 40, Part 170), which has

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