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Warnings and product description

Model label - Section A

1. The signal heading

Signal heading What it means
No signal heading The chemical is ‘unscheduled’, and it is relatively safe to the person using the chemical.
However, never treat any chemical lightly, as it may still affect our health, either in the short term or the long term.
CAUTION The chemical is low to moderately hazardous to the person using the chemical. Often it can irritate the skin or eyes.
POISON The chemical is very hazardous to the person using the chemical. It can cause poisoning if it enters a person’s body.
DANGEROUS POISON The chemical is extremely hazardous to the person using the chemical. Just a small amount of the chemical can cause poisoning and even death if it enters a person’s body. For these poisons there are usually restrictions on the purchase and use that are imposed by state or territory governments such as training and accreditation requirements. Check with your state/territory coordinator. Contact details available at:

The signal heading also includes instructions to keep the product out of the reach of children, and to read the safety directions before opening or using the product.

2. Brand Name (or Trade Name)

The common name for the chemical product.

3. Type of Chemical

The broad description of what the chemical does. Common terms are:

  • Herbicide = kills plants
  • Insecticide = kills insects
  • Fungicide = kills fungus diseases
  • Nematicide = kills nematodes (tiny worm-like creatures, that usually live in the soil)
  • Molluscicide = kills molluscs (slugs and snails).

4. Active Constituent

This is the name of the actual part of the chemical that does the work. That is, the part that kills the weeds or insects or other pests. The concentration of the active constituent is also given.

Some products contain a solvent to dissolve the active constituent. These solvents can sometimes be poisonous, and in such cases the amount and name of the solvent is shown on the label under the heading ‘Solvent’.

5. Resistance Group

To prevent the pest from building-up resistance to the chemical, you should not use chemicals from the same resistance group over and over. Swap between chemicals from different resistance groups. Also see the information in section 12 below.

6. What the Chemical Does

This lists the things that the chemical is registered to do. It includes which crops the chemical can be used on, and which insects, weeds, diseases, etc that it is registered to control.

7. Name, Address and Phone Number of the Business That Made the Chemical

Contact the business if you need advice on how to use the chemical and if you need other information about the chemical (for example, how to clean up spilled chemical).

Last updated on 14 July, 2011