Module 3: Special Issues
Table Of Contents
- Label Basics
- Parts of the Label
- Special Issues
- Applying the Principles of Pesticide Label Review
- Emerging Issues and Course Completion
Section 4: How should I review directions for use?
Formatting Directions for Use
Directions for use should be presented so that they are easy to read and understand. Bulleted lists, tables, and subheadings can help organize information for the user.
The following are some suggested formats for directions for use:
Bulleted lists are easier to read and understand than long narrative paragraphs. For example:
|DIRECTIONS FOR USE
It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.
- Use may damage marble surfaces.
- Turn nozzle to “Spray” or “Stream.”
|For General Cleaning:
||To Control Mildew:
When more lengthy and complicated information is required, consider organizing information in a table (i.e., tabular format). For example:
|CROP||PHI||TARGET PESTS||RATE||SPECIAL DIRECTIONS|
For use only in California, Oregon, and Washington
|Do not apply within X days of harvest||Aphids
|X fl. oz in X gal of water (diluent) by ground or X gal of water (diluent) by aircraft||
Method of Application
Notes: (applying to a specific pest)
|X fl. oz in X gal of water (diluent) by ground or X gal of water (diluent) by aircraft (different from above)||Same as above but with different timing, pre-plant incorporated including a different type of equipment|
Modified paragraph format
If a paragraph format must be used, it is helpful to the reader to include either subheadings, or to highlight key words/phrases. For example:
For more information about formatting directions for use, see Chapter 11, Section IV of the Label Review Manual (PDF) (32 pp, 1.32mb, About PDF).
Directions for Use Checklist
The Directions for Use Checklist includes questions to ask when conducting a label review. Refer to it whenever you review directions for use.
To access the Directions for Use Checklist, see Chapter 11, Appendix A, of the Label Review Manual (PDF) (32 pp, 1.32mb, About PDF).