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. Mitola 2

Figure 1. Preview image of ENY-918/IN958
Figure 1.  Preview image of ENY-918/IN958


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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1. This document is ENY-918, one of a series of the Department of Entomology and Nematology, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date August 2012. Reviewed September 2018. Visit the EDIS website at
2. R. W. Baldwin, assistant professor; S. K. Hill, graduate assistant; Philip Koehler, endowed professor; J. C. Medley, communications specialist; Department of Entomology and Nematology; 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.