I received a lot of questions about the “Label” after I published the MSDS blob a few weeks back. I thought I would take this opportunity to explain what the Label is in conjunction with pest control. I hope you enjoy!
The pesticide label is the main source of information for pest control technicians. It will explain product characteristics, use, emergency procedures, and disposal regulation. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strictly regulates the layout of the label and the information it possess. An important point, the Label is the Law!!! It supersedes a company’s application guidelines, the HOA rules, and yes even the customer’s preferences.
Although all pesticides used must pass EPA label requirements, that does not mean the EPA has given them a “seal of approval”. The label means the chemical has met a series of standards and when used according to the label, it does not pose an unreasonable threat to man and the environment. This does not mean a product is safe. There is NO SUCH THING as a safe insecticide. The product can be used in a manner which minimizes risk, but again, there is no such thing as a safe insecticide.
The label is more of an instruction book than anything else. The MSDS is a safety book; the label is an instruction manual. The label details the chemical and its use. Each pesticide label is laid out in the same fashion to make finding the proper information easy.
The information listed on the label is arranged in groups under specific headings. Every label will give the signal word for that product. The signal word provides the applicator with a quick check as to the relative toxicity of the product. The three signal words are: CAUTION, WARNING, & DANGER.
CAUTION: relatively low or relatively nontoxic
WARNING: moderately toxic
DANGER: highly toxic
It is required that every technician at Southwest Exterminators passes an exam with 80% or better on every label of EVERY product Southwest Exterminators uses. All employees are familiar with the labels and have them in their service vehicles at all times. Southwest Exterminators technicians are tested on first aid, spill control/cleanup, and emergency procedures.
As stated before we, at Southwest Exterminators, know that pest control is the first line of defense for vectors, diseases, and viral spread. We take our job very seriously and we strive to always live up to the highest standards of professionalism. If you have any question about the MSDS, Label or anything else related to pest control please call our office at 435-628-2700. Thank you and have a great day!