According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a chemical label is a written, printed or graphical information element concerning a hazardous chemical that is printed, affixed to the container or pipe work of a hazardous chemical.
In pest management or pest control field, a label for the chemical is law. A pest control professional must provide his or her customer with the label for the chemical before applying it to the customer’s property. Failure to adhere to label law is illegal and criminal. Pest Control professionals are held liable for violation of label law in United States.
All Labels For Pest Control Chemicals MUST Have
- The name of the chemical
- The name, address and emergency phone number of the company responsible for the product
- Environment Protection Agency Registration Number
- An appropriate hazard warning
- Composition or Ingredients in the chemical
Hazard Warning also known as “signal words” found on pest control chemicals describes the acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) toxicity of the pest control chemical. The signal words on pest control chemicals are Danger, Warning or Caution.
Pest control Chemicals with signal word Danger is more toxic whereas pest control chemicals with signal word Caution are less toxic.
Why Are Labels For Pest Control Chemicals Important?
Labels for pest control chemicals are important because they alert pest control professionals of hazards that specific chemical cause.
Labels for pest control chemicals also alert customers of possible hazards that the chemical causes. This helps the customer to refuse the use of pest control chemical inside his or her home.
Labels for pest control chemicals alert pest control professionals what safety protection measures to take while using the chemical or in case of an emergency.
Legal Requirements When Using Pest Control Chemicals
- · Pest Control professional MUST give label for pest control chemical before treating customer’s property.
- · Pest Control professionals MUST carry all labels for pest control chemicals they have in their car.
- · Pest control professionals MUST put a specific label on each tank, sprayer, hose they use.
- · Pest Control professional MUST read and understand the label for pest control chemical before using it.
- · Pest control professionals MUST ask customer if they have babies, pets or if they are pregnant and comply with company specific policies.