New York State Q. What else should you consider when Consumer Labeling Initiative using pesticides? A. You should consider the following: The USEPA Consumer Labeling Initiative, which is voluntary for pesticide manufacturers, is designed to help make pesticide labels easier to DEC • Wear proper clothing when mixing and read, understand and follow. Starting in 1999, you PEST MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SERIES applying pesticides. • Never smoke or eat while you mix or apply can anticipate seeing changes to some labels, such #3 Pesticide Labels as listing inert ingredients, simplifying first aid pesticides. directions, and placing descriptions of potential • Keep children and pets away from the area health hazards more prominently on the label. where you mix or apply the pesticide. • Keep pesticides in their original containers. Never transfer pesticides to other containers such as those for milk or soft drinks. Before using any pesticide, • Mix only the amount of pesticide you need for one application to control a particular pest. • When you measure pesticides with cups, teaspoons or tablespoons, use level measures. Never use the same cups, teaspoons or tablespoons to prepare or eat READ, AND FOLLOW THE LABEL! food. • Only mix pesticides together if the labels permit mixing and provide mixing NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION instructions. Brochures in this series are available from the NYSDEC, Bureau of Pesticides Management, telephone 518-402-8781, Albany, Q. Where can you get more information NY, or the DEC regional offices. Visit the NYSDEC website, about pesticide labels? http://www.dec.state.ny.us/ A. Every pesticide product used or sold in New Understanding DIVISION OF SOLID & HAZARDOUS MATERIALS York State must be registered with the USEPA and DEC. Pesticide product labels exist because of State and federal regulation of PREPARED BY: pesticides. The labels are reviewed for consis- tency with federal requirements and State- NYS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION PESTICIDE COMPLIANCE SECTION Pesticide ALBANY, NY 12233-7254 specific environmental and health concerns. Products are reviewed in depth when they DIVISION OF SOLID & HAZARDOUS MATERIALS represent new potential for exposure to humans or other nontarget organisms. For more AND NYS WATER RESOURCES INSTITUTE Product 625 Broadway SEPTEMBER 1999 information on pesticides registered in the State, visit this DEC website: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dshm/pesticid/pesticid.htm Development of this brochure was funded by US Environmental Protection Agency Labels and NYSDEC or telephone at 518-402-8768. New York State Printed on Recycled Paper 10 Percent Post-Consumer Content Department of Environmental Conservation George E. Pataki, Governor Erin M. Crotty, Commissioner Understanding Q. What are examples of pesticides? A. According to the State Environmental Conserva- Pesticide Product Labels Sample Back Label tion Law, a pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENTS repelling, or mitigating any pest, or intended for use Harm the product as a plant regulator, defoliant or desiccant. Sample Front Label can cause. HAZARDS TO HUMANS AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS Product Name Examples of pesticides are: insecticides (to control CAUTION: Harmful if swallowed. Do not inhale. Causes skin burns. insects); herbicides (to control weeds); rodenticides (to control mice and rats); repellents (to repel mosquitos); Protective clothing [Name of Pesticide Product] This product should only be applied when wearing the following: certain household cleansers (to control bacteria); pool to wear during pesticide • Long-sleeved shirt, long pants, shoes and socks List of pests application, and • Chemical-resistant gloves products to control bacteria and algae; pet products (to the product Flower and vegetable insect killer. laundering instructions • Protective eyewear control fleas and ticks); and certain paints and wood Kills: aphids, beetles, leafhoppers, stink for that clothing. Clothing worn during pesticide application should be laundered separately from the preservatives (to control fungus). targets. bugs, loopers, caterpillars, and whiteflies. family’s laundry. First aid ACTIVE INGREDIENTS information. STATEMENT OF PRACTICAL TREATMENT: Q. Why is it important to read and Ingredients Pyrethrins 0.1% If swallowed do not induce vomiting. Get medical attention immediately. follow pesticide labels? toxic to Piperonyl Butoxide 2.9% Information NOTE TO PHYSICIANS: Emergency Information call 1-800-555-4321. pests listed. INERT INGREDIENTS 97.0% for physicians. A. Pesticide labels are designed to provide informa- Total 100.0 % ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS: This product is extremely toxic to bees. tion you need to use the product. This includes topics Hazards to the Do not apply if bees are present. such as mixing and handling the pesticide, protecting KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. environment. yourself when using it, and hazards potentially result- DIRECTIONS FOR USE Signal word. CAUTION: ing from improper handling or use. The label is See back panel for additional It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its required by law to be on or with the pesticide container; precautionary statements. labeling. it is a violation of federal law to use the pesticide in a manner inconsistent with its label. Net contents 8 fl. oz. Where and when FOR USE ON: Annual flowers or vegetables. A key piece of information included on every to use this product. When to apply: Spray before pest infestation is heavy. pesticide label is the signal word that tells how Manufactured by or for XYZ Pest Co. Read The Anywhere, NY 88888 Application rate: Mix 2 tablespoons of product in 1 gallon of water. Spray until plant is poisonous the product is to humans. Signal words are: 999-111-2222 slightly wet. Label Directions for • Danger-Poison – means highly poisonous mixing and (commercial applicator use only). E.P.A. Reg. No. 9876-543 applying the HOW TO APPLY: Shake container before using. Hold container about 12 inches • Danger – means poisonous or corrosive. from plant being sprayed. pesticide. • Warning – means moderately hazardous. NOTE: Spraying with the container too close to the plant may damage tender foliage. • Caution – means least hazardous. Where to You must read and follow all label directions when: telephone for Pesticides can be identified by STORAGE AND DISPOSAL more information their EPA registration number • Buying the product; on the product. on the label. How to store STORAGE: Keep pesticide in original container out of the reach of children. • Mixing and using the pesticide; this product. Do not contaminate food or foodstuffs. • Storing the pesticide; and • Disposing of the unused pesticide and container. DISPOSAL: Wrap empty containers in several layers of newspaper and discard in All pesticide labels contain the same categories of What to do with the trash. Do not reuse or recycle containers. Partially filled containers should be information, but may follow different formats or use disposed of at an approved waste disposal facility. containers and different terms. The sample label on this page was unneeded pesticides. made up to show you the kinds of information you may find on a pesticide label.
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