Pesticide Labeling Questions & Answers - Definitions of Terms
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In a preplant and planting soil treatment: is a band treatment the same as an in-furrow treatment? (LC10-0328; 6/3/10)
In-furrow treatments are always done at-plant where the granules or liquid is applied into an open seed furrow just before it is closed by the presswheel. The pesticide resides only at the bottom of the seed furrow.
Banded applications are done at-plant over a closed seed furrow, postplant over the row, or post-emergent often as a side-dress application. They are usually superficially soil incorporated with drag chains or tines.
A banded application at-plant over an open seed furrow, is called a T-band.
Preplant applications are usually broadcast over the entire field and incorporated. They are usually referred to as Preplant Incorporated or PPI.
- I am trying to find the definition or examples for the areas allowed in food-handling establishments versus the non-food areas. I am also searching for the definition of spot treatment. (LC08-0223; 1.28.2009)
EPA published definitions and policies related to food-handling establishments in the Federal Register on August 10, 1973, available at 38 FR 21685. The notice defined a food handling establishment as “an area or place other than a private residence in which food is held, processed, prepared and/or served.” Food areas "include areas for receiving, serving, storage (dry, cold, frozen, raw), packaging (canning, bottling, wrapping, boxing) preparing (cleaning, slicing, cooking, grinding), edible waste storage, enclosed processing systems (mills, dairies, edible oils, syrups). Non-food areas include garbage rooms, lavatories, floor drains (to sewers), entries and vestibules, offices, locker rooms, machine rooms, boiler rooms, garages, mop closets, and storage (after canning or bottling).” The notice also defines spot treatment as “application to limited areas on which insects are likely to occur, but which will not be in contact with food or utensils and will not ordinarily be contacted by workers. These areas may occur on floors, walls, and bases or undersides of equipment. For this purpose, a ‘spot’ will not exceed 2 square feet.”
- Can you provide a definition of high level and low level disinfection. I have looked all over your site. There is the disinfectant definition, but it does not explain this. (LC08-0225; 1.28.09)
EPA does not have a definition for high and low level disinfection. These are terms used by FDA. You can find further information at http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/ode/397.html .
- Does EPA recognize 29 CFR 1910.133 and (by reference) 1910.6 as the standard for labeling required safety glasses? (i.e safety glasses need to be ANSI-approved and carry an ANSI number). If not, do you recognize any standard for safety glasses or can users use any type of glasses that have brow and temple protection? (LC08-0229; 1.28.2009)
According to the worker protection standard and 40 CFR §170.240(7) (Protective Eyewear): “When “protective eyewear” is specified by the product labeling, one of the following types of eyewear must be worn: (i) goggle; (ii) face shield; (iii) safety glasses with front, brow, and temple protection; (iv) full face respirator.” If no more specific instructions are included in the directions for use, any safety glasses with front, brow, and temple protection would be allowed. While the OSHA regulations you cite do not technically apply to pesticide users, EPA strongly recommends following the OSHA guidelines when choosing safety glasses.