Learning About Labels
By law, certain kinds of information must appear on a pesticide label. People who use pesticides have the LEGAL responsibility to read, understand and follow the label directions.
Pesticide labels usually contain the following important sections.
1. Product name
2. Type of pesticide
3. Ingredient statement
4. Keep out of reach of children
5. Signal word
6. Statement of practical treatment
7. Note to physician
8. Precautionary statements
9. Hazards to humans and domestic animals
10. Environmental hazards
11. Physical or chemical hazards
12. Directions for use
13. Storage and disposal
Protection of people and the environment from harmful effects of pesticides is based primarily on three factors.
The pesticide registration process requires extensive testing for potential adverse health and environmental effects for each pesticide. The registration process takes many years and costs millions of dollars. Pesticide labels are developed to inform applicators about safe and proper use of the product, to warn about potential risks, and to recommend methods to avoid risks.
Read and understand the pesticide label before you buy the product. Read the label before mixing, applying, or storing the pesticide, or before disposing of the container. Anyone possessing, handling, or applying a pesticide is responsible and can be held liable for any damage, loss, or unintended consequences that the pesticide may cause.
Handling and applying pesticides requires knowledge, care, and good judgment. Every applicator must read, understand, and follow the pesticide label instructions.
Washington State Pesticide Page
Pesticide Education Associate