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Module 1: Label Basics

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  1. Label Basics
  2. Parts of the Label
  3. Special Issues
  4. Applying the Principles of Pesticide Label Review
  5. Emerging Issues and Course Completion

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Section 4: Why is labeling important?

Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • List the positive effects of proper labeling.
  • List the negative consequences of improper labeling.
  • Describe the relationship between labeling and enforcement.
  • State the importance of the label reviewer's role.

Positive Effects of Proper Labeling

EPA evaluates pesticides to ensure that they will not have unreasonable adverse effects on humans, the environment, and non-target species when used in accordance with the label. Because they are generally designed to kill or otherwise adversely affect living organisms, pesticides may pose some risk to humans, animals, or the environment.

The pesticide label is the user's guide to applying pesticides in a way that minimizes risk and maximizes efficacy. Labels that are clear, accurate, consistent with EPA policy, and enforceable:

  1. Minimize the risk and occurrence of harmful effects on health and the environment.
  2. Support compliance and enforcement efforts.
  3. Conserve federal and state resources by avoiding costs associated with interpreting and correcting label deficiencies.

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