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Module 3: Special Issues

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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: How should I review directions for use?

Learning Activity

The following is a poor example of directions for use. What's wrong with the text in terms of enforceabililty, formatting, and application rates? Read the text, then click “Answer” to reveal the correct response.


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Enforceability: The example mixes mandatory statements, which should be enforceable, and advisory statements, which should be informational, thereby inviting confusion over intent. It also includes statements that are neither enforceable nor necessary. For example: “Careful management of spray drift and tank cleanout is required.” “Careful management” is not enforceable. “Cleanout is necessary to avoid damaging non-target crops” is better because it is advisory rather than mandatory and provides a reason for performing cleanout.

Formatting: The example should use subheadings to organize information. It should also use consistent capitalization, rather than alternating between “DO NOT” and “do not” so as to avoid suggesting that one statement is more important or mandatory than another.

Application rates: The application rates are given in unnecessarily precise quantities, including up to five decimal places. No user can measure with that precision, and such exact precision doesn't serve any purpose.

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