Good advice for the use of all herbicides and pesticides. (apologies for stating what those of us with acres of weeds already know)
There are also legal requirements that all of these types of products must be sold with directions (APVMA Label) that provides strict directions on safe use - personally, environmentally, permitted use, safe disposal requirements and emergency response.
If you have lost the label or find the print too small to read the manufacturers or distributors also provide duplicates on their web sites. A responsible retailer should also be able to provide a larger sized copy.
Failure to read the labels fully and comply may not only put the user at risk of harm, it may have legal consequences.
A few hot tips are:
0 - Always read the instructions on the label, Note many labels have peel open panels that are not that obvious that hide the detailed requirements. They often print to many pages as a pdf.
1 - for home use if you can buy a premixed product it will reduce the hazards arising from mixing concentrate
2 - for many products mistakes or accidents handling the concentrate can have serious consequences. If the label says to wear enclosed eye protection or goggles or use a particular type of glove (you can purchase long armed chem safe to AS gloves at any reputable retailer) it is necessary.
3 - for anyone using concentrate or larger volumes there are training courses available that cover safe use of these chemicals. The APVMA administered regulations and permits for use of any of these chemicals may require this as a precondition of use.
4 - Worried - Always read the instructions on the label a second time.
Interested or missing todays paper to read:
APVMA = Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
The sale and use of herbicides and pesticides is regulated by the Federal Government
note: Home use of certain herbicides may be provided for through the minor use permits.
The peel open labels are better than none, but I usually forget something like the mixing rates after I have opened the container, and when I have misplaced by magnifying glass. I download and keep an extra hard copy with all to avoid this problem.