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Labels. Josette Hackett Pesticide R&D Consultant. BEFORE you BUY. What Safety Equipment will you need ?. Before you BUY. What problems may arise for children, pets, non-target plants, insects and animals in the area. Before you BUY. What areas pesticide can and can not be applied.

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Josette Hackett

Pesticide R&D Consultant

before you buy
  • What Safety Equipment will you need ?
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Before you BUY

What problems may arise for children, pets, non-target plants, insects and animals in the area

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Before you BUY

What areas

pesticide can

and can not

be applied

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Before you BUY

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Before you BUY
  • Know Target Pests
    • Weeds
    • Insects
    • Disease
    • Rodents

How much do you need ?

Are there restrictions for use ?

Can Pesticide be Applied

Safely and Legally ?

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Parts of a Label


General Use

Restricted Use

  • Have greaterPOTENTIALfor harm to environment and/or applicator

Restricted Use Pesticide

May Injure (Phytotoxic) Susceptible,

Non –Target Plants

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Parts of a Label

2.Product or Brand Name

Brand Name

Common Name

Chemical Name

Brand Name – Tordon 22K

Common Name – Picloram

Chemical Name – 4 amino-3,5,6-trichloropicolinic acid

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Parts of a Label

3.Type of Pesticide





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4.Ingredient Statement

Active Ingredient and Amount

Official Chemical and/or Common Name

Percent of Inert Ingredients

Active Ingredient

Picloram - 24.4%

Inert Ingredients - 75.6%

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Parts of a Label

4.Net Contents

How much of the product is in the container

This product contains 2 lbs of picloram per gallon

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Parts of a Label

5.EPA Registration Number

Indicates that the pesticide is registered with the EPA and can be legally sold or applied according to label directions

2 Parts

First Number identifies the company

Second Number identifies the product

EPA Reg. No. 62719-6

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Parts of a Label

5.EPA Registration Number

Identifies the establishment or facility where the pesticide was manufactured

EPA Est. 279-607

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Parts of a Label

6.Keep out of reach of children

Warning statement REQUIRED on ALL pesticide containers


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Parts of a Label

6.Signal Word

Indicates approximate toxicity

signal word
Signal Word

DANGER-POISON along with skull and crossbones

Highly Toxic

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Signal Word


Corrosive and can cause irreversible eye damage or severe skin injury

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Signal Word


Moderately toxic can cause

moderate eye or skin irritation

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Signal Word


Slightly toxic or may cause

Slight eye or skin irritation


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Parts of a Label

7.Precautionary statements

Identify potential hazards and recommend ways that risks can be minimized or avoided.

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Parts of a Label

8.First Aid

List first aid treatment that should be administered to someone accidentally exposed to pesticide

If in the eyes: Flush with plenty of water Call a physician if irritation persists

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Parts of a Label

Note to physicians

Provides emergency medical personnel with poison treatment information, antidotes, and often provides an emergency phone number

In case of emergency endangering health or the environment involving this product, call 1-800-992-5994. If you with to obtain additional product information, visit or web site at

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Precautionary statements

Hazards to humans and domestic animals

Signal word

Routes of entry (mouth, skin, lungs, eyes) most likely to be harmed

Personal Protective Equipment

REQUIRED to handle or apply pesticide


Causes Moderate Eye Irritation. Avoid contact with eyes or clothing. Prolonged or frequent repeated skin contact may cause allergic skin reactions in some individuals

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Applicators and other handlers must wear; long-sleeved shirt an long pants, waterproof gloves, shoes plus socks

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9. Environmental Hazards

Risks to wildlife, birds, fish, bees or to the environment

Practical ways to avoid harm

This pesticide is toxic to some plants at very low concentrations. Non-target plants may be adversely affected if pesticide is allowed to drift from area s of application . Do not contaminate water when disposing o equipment washwaters. Picloram is know to leach through the soil…..

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Precautionary statements

Physical or chemical hazards

Any special fire, explosion, or chemical hazards the product may pose.

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Parts of a Label

10.Directions for use

“It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling”

Use directions and instructions are NOT ADVICE they areREQUIREMENTS

It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. Do not apply this product in a way that will contact workers or other persons either directly or through drift.

11.Agricultural Use Requirements

WPS does NOT cover pesticides applied in several situations.

Examples include:


Pastures, rangelands or livestock

Mosquito abatement

Research uses of unregistered pesticides

Section also states the amount of time that must pass before workers are allowed to re-enter treated areas.

Also know as Restricted Entry Interval or REI

Use this product only in accordance with its labeling and with the Worker Protection Standard, 40 CFR Part 170. This standard contains requirements for he protection of agricultural workers on farms…
  • Do not enter or allow worker entry intro treated areas during restricted entry interval ( REI ) of 12 hours after application.
  • PPE required for early entry to treated area is coveralls, Waterproof gloves and shoes plus socks.
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Parts of a Label

11.Agricultural Use Requirements

Worker Protection Standards (WPS) protect employees on farms and in forests, nurseries and greenhouses form exposure to both general and restricted use pesticides.

Applicable when pesticide is used to produce an agricultural commodity.

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Parts of a Label

12.Storage and Disposal

General instructions for appropriate storage and disposal of pesticide and containers


Pesticide Storage

Do not contaminate water, food, feed or fertilizer…

Pesticide Disposal

Wastes resulting from the use of this product may be disposed of on site or at an approved waste disposal facility.

Triple rinse all containers and dispose of according to local regulations

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Parts of a Label

13.General Use Instructions

(The GUTS of the label)

Section statesthe pests that the manufacturer claims the product will control, the crop, animal, or site the product is intended to protect, when, where, how and in what form the product should be applied, the proper equipment to be used, the correct dosage, mixing directions, compatibility with other often used products, and the minimum time between applications.

Maximum Use Rates

Non-Cropland Areas: Total use of Tordon 22K , including retreatments or spot treatments, must not exceed 2 quarts per acre per annual growing season.

Rangeland and Permanente Grass Pastures: For control of noxious weeds, …………..

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Parts of a Label

Name and address of the manufacturer of the Pesticide

Dow AgroSciences LLC Indianapolis, IN 46268 U.S.A.


Remember to:

READ, UNDERSTAND, and FOLLOW label beforethe pesticide is purchased, mixed, applied, stored or disposed of.

The label that is attached to the

pesticide container you purchase

is the label that is applicable. Do NOT rely on old labels for information.


MONTGUIDE – Pesticide Labels (MT9720)

by Reeves Petroff, Pesticide Education Specialist

Labels and MSDS sheets:

Safety Equipment: