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IMPORTANT NOTICES: The following statement applies to all agrichemicals and generally appears alongs

The following regulatory statements, directions for safe use and product stewardship are common to most agrichemical labels.  Any product specific supplementary information is contained in the label text:

The following statement applies to all agrichemicals and generally appears alongside harvest or livestock grazing withholding periods:
  • IT IS AN OFFENCE for users of this product to cause residues exceeding the relevant MRL in the New Zealand Food Notice: Maximum Residue Levels for Agricultural Compounds.

The following statement is required to appear on all insecticide and some fungicide labels: 
  • IT IS AN OFFENCE to use this product on animals.

While this notice is not required to appear on all agrichemical labels, as a general rule no agrichemical should ever be used on animals as none are registered for that purpose.


User precautions and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment): 

Avoid contact with skin and eyes and inhalation of vapour. When opening the container, preparing the product for use or applying the product, wear eye protection, chemical resistant gloves, and cotton overalls buttoned to the neck and wrist (or equivalent).  Wash splashes of concentrate from the eyes or skin immediately. Do not eat, drink or smoke while using. Remove protective clothing immediately after handling the product and wash hands and face before meals and after work.


Store in original container, tightly closed and in a locked, dry, cool, well-ventilated area away from ignition sources and foodstuffs. Storage must be generally in accordance with the New Zealand Standard for the Management of Agrichemicals (NZS 8409).  Additional storage requirements may be triggered by volume and/or hazard class. These requirements can include provision of labelling, safety data sheets (SDS), stationary container systems, separation distances, secondary containment, emergency response plans, and signage.  Refer to the product SDS and see the EPA Hazardous Property Controls Notice 2017, Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 and the New Zealand Standard for the Management of Agrichemicals (NZS8409) for further information.

For most agrichemical’s when stored appropriately, there should be no significant degradation for 2 years from the date of manufacture.

Even if not required on a product label, it is good practice to maintain a record of volumes of all stored agrichemicals, including batch numbers and date of manufacture. 


DO NOT touch or walk through spilled material.  Exclude all bystanders from the vicinity of the spill.  Wear the protective equipment recommended above to clean up the spill. Stop further spillage occurring and prevent entry into waterways and drains. 

For small spills or leaks:  Absorb with inert material (such as vermiculite, earth, sand or synthetic absorbent substance) and place in sealable container for disposal.  Remaining spill residues may be cleaned using water and detergent. Contain and absorb wash water and place in the same sealable container for disposal.  Dispose of safely to an approved landfill. 

For large leaks: Dam spill area off and contact the manufacturer or emergency services for advice.


Clean-up and Decontamination of spray equipment:

Rinsing: Always rinse equipment after spraying:
  1. Empty the spray tank completely and drain the whole system. Thoroughly wash inside the unit using a pressure hose. Drain spray unit and clean any filters in the tank, pump, lines, hoses and nozzles.
  2. After cleaning the spray unit as above, quarter fill with clean water and circulate the water through the pump, lines, hoses and nozzles. Drain and repeat the rinsing procedure twice.
Discard rinse water onto designated disposal area, or onto unused land away from desirable plants and water sources.

Decontamination:  Additional to rinsing, before using spray equipment on crops sensitive to a previously used product, it is important to first decontaminate using the process appropriate to the previous product used, as below:

A. Decontamination process for most products except sulphonyl urea based herbicides:
  1. Quarter fill the tank and add a standard alkali based laundry detergent at 500 g (or ml) /100 litres water and circulate throughout the entire system for at least 15 minutes. If using a concentrated laundry detergent, use 250 g (or ml) /100 litres water. Do not use chlorine based cleaners.
  2. Drain the whole system. Remove filters and nozzles and clean them separately.
  3. Finally, flush the system with clean water and allow to drain.
B. Decontamination process for sulphonyl urea based herbicides:
  1. Drain tank, then flush tank, boom and hoses with clean water for a minimum of 10 minutes.
  2. Fill the tank with clean water and add 1 litre of chlorine bleach (containing 3% sodium hypochlorite) per 100 litres of water. Flush throughout with agitation for 15 minutes; then drain.
  3. Repeat step 2.
  4. Nozzles and screens should be removed and cleaned separately. To remove traces of chlorine bleach, rinse the tank thoroughly with clean water and flush through hoses and booms.
Caution: DO NOT use chlorine bleach with ammonia.  DO NOT clean equipment in an enclosed area.

For both decontamination process’s all cleaning water should be discharged onto a designated disposal area, or onto unused land away from desirable plants and water sources.

Empty container disposal: 

Triple rinse empty container and add rinsate to spray tank. Triple rinsed containers containing the Agrecovery logo on the label and that are free of all residues (liquid and dry) and have intact legible label may be taken to an Agrecovery collection site. Otherwise crush or puncture and bury in a suitably approved landfill. DO NOT burn. Dispose of the product only by using according to the label, via Agrecovery (visit or call 0800 AGRECOVERY (247 326) for information about the type and quantity of chemical acceptable for disposal.

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