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Pesticide Safety Miniposter: Labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs)1

R. W. Baldwin, S. K. Hill, Philip Koehler, J. C. Medley, and P. A. Mitola2

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You have heard the phrase, “the label is the law.” Pest control technicians need to learn the components of a pesticide label and the information they can find on the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). This poster acquaints new pest control technicians with the information they will find on pesticide labels and on MSDSs. The poster has quick response (QR) codes that direct smartphones to short, online videos explaining how to read pesticide labels and MSDSs.

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This document is ENY-918, one of a series of the Entomology and Nematology Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date August 2012. Reviewed September 2015. Visit the EDIS website at


R. W. Baldwin, assistant professor; S. K. Hill, graduate assistant; Philip Koehler, endowed professor; J. C. Medley, communications specialist; Entomology and Nematology Department; and P. A. Mitola, training specialist, FDACS (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services); UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

Use pesticides safely. Read and follow directions on the manufacturer's label.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.