So many rules and regulations to keep up with. Believe me, it can all get very confusing! Years ago, I got a fortune cookie that had a message that actually made sense, so I taped it beside my desk. It reads, “Get to the point and keep it clear and simple” … If you work with pesticides – moving them around in the storage room, applying them after someone else mixed, the person mixing them up for the application, or even using them at home – READ THE LABEL.
Do not get safety data sheets (SDS) and labels confused. While they relay similar information, and both important, they are somewhat different. SDS are more standardized and generalized following the Globally Harmonized System. Labels give specific details on what personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear and how to specifically mix, use, and dispose of the pesticide. So, if you use pesticides and want to “get to the point”, look on the container, unfold, and read the label.
To “keep it clear and simple”, there are 3 label items a user should focus on:
For more info, contact Leslie Woolington - MAFES/MSU-Extension Risk Mgmt./Loss Control 662.325.3204