First aid and storage & disposal
21. Storage and Disposal
Information on how to safely store the chemical and how to safely get rid of empty containers. Note that chemicals must NEVER be kept in food or drink containers.
22. Safety Directions
Information about how the chemical can affect your health, and what you should do to protect yourself from exposure to the chemical. It lists the safety equipment that you should wear when handling the chemical. You should read the safety directions before opening the container or using the product.
More detailed safety information can often be found in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), which can
be obtained from the company that made the chemical. Most MSDS can be downloaded from company websites. There are also other websites that provide this information.
23. First Aid
You should read and understand the first aid instructions on the label before you use the chemical, so that you know exactly what to do if there is an emergency.
The Material Safety Data Sheet has much more detailed first aid instructions than the label, and often has advice for doctors. You should always have the MSDS on hand, and take it with you to the doctor or hospital if you believe you may be poisoned.
24. APVMA Approval Number
In Australia, all farm chemicals MUST be approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) before they can be legally sold.
All registered products will have either an APVMA or NRA Approval Number on them. The APVMA approval number on a chemical label is our assurance that the product has been checked as safe and effective if
we follow label instructions.
25. Batch number, Date of Manufacture (DOM), and Expiry Date
It is good to write down the batch number of all chemicals used, in case something goes wrong and the chemical doesn’t work properly.
Chemicals should not be used after their expiry date.
26. Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Chemical information
If a chemical container has a diamond shaped symbol on it (◊), the chemical is classified as a Dangerous
Good and/or a Hazardous Chemical. If a product is classed as a Dangerous Good there are specific laws about how to transport and store it. Check with your chemical supplier to find out if you need to take
special precautions when carrying Dangerous Goods on your vehicle when driving on public roads.
If the product is classified as a Hazardous Chemical you must comply with specific laws in relation to workplace health and safety aspects.