Module 4: Applying the Principles of Pesticide Label Review
Table Of Contents
- Label Basics
- Parts of the Label
- Special Issues
- Applying the Principles of Pesticide Label Review
- Emerging Issues and Course Completion
Section 3: How should I review for clarity?
To further enhance label clarity, do not use terms that the user will not readily understand. For example, the following language was once standard on products for outdoor agricultural use and most turf and lawn-care products:
Although farmers and commercial users generally understand and are used to this language, the average homeowner probably had trouble understanding the meaning of “intertidal areas below the mean high water mark.”
PR Notice 2008-1 addresses this issue by recommending that for residential consumer products the above statement be replaced with a statement that is specific to the end-use of the product. For example, the following language is recommended for liquid ready-to-use products (products for spot-treatment of weeds or insects):
This new statement uses words and concepts that any user can easily understand.
For more information about guidance on optional environmental hazard label language for certain non-restricted use pesticide products intended for outdoor residential use, see PR Notice 2008-1.