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Label Review Training: Module 2: Parts of the Label, Page 7

Section 2: What is on the back panel?

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

  • Describe the four label parts that appear on a pesticide label's back panel.
  • Identify the two parts of a label's back panel that will be affected if a product is subject to the Worker Protection Standard.
  • Organize the four label parts in the approximate order in which they appear on the label. 

1. Precautionary statements

Precautionary statements are designed to provide the pesticide user with information regarding the toxicity, irritation, and sensitization hazards associated with the use of a pesticide, as well as treatment instructions and information to reduce exposure potential. Four kinds of precautionary statements can appear on the back panel of a typical pesticide label.

  1. Hazards to humans and domestic animals statement: Where a hazard exists to humans or domestic animals, precautionary statements that describe the particular hazard, route of exposure, and precautions to be taken must appear on the label.
  2. First aid statement: This section of the label provides information to the pesticide user concerning appropriate first aid for the various routes of exposure associated with accidental exposure. If the first aid statement appears on the back panel, then there must be a statement on the front panel indicating that first aid information can be found on the back panel.
  3. Environmental hazards statement: Where a hazard exists to non-target organisms, precautionary statements that identify the hazards and necessary precautions must appear on the label.
  4. Physical or chemical hazards statement: Hazards such as flammability, explosive potential, or electric insulator breakdown, as well as the various precautions to be taken, must be identified, as applicable. 

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