§4-66-54 of the Hawaii Administrative Rules is being updated by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture Pesticides branch to mandate that “every retailer that sells or distributes pesticide products to the public shall prominently post within ten feet of any pesticide product display or sales area, a warning sign that includes:
- Information regarding the proper handling, storage, and disposal of all pesticides sold;
- Emergency telephone numbers to call in case of poisoning from the pesticides; and
- A statement that use of any pesticide product in a manner inconsistent with its label is prohibited by law.
The warning sign shall be no less than seventeen inches by twenty two inches and contain lettering of sufficient size, no less than sixteen point bold type, which will enable the sign to be read from a distance of six feet under all lighting conditions normally encountered during business hours.”
The rules have not yet been signed as law by the governor but are expected to be signed some time in the May-June timeframe. These rules will affect
retailers that sell pesticides in any form (flea collars, topical medicine, etc.).
Sample signage wording below:
- For the proper handling, storage, and disposal of a pesticide product as required by Federal and State law, please refer to its label.
- In case of pesticide poisoning, please call the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
- It is a violation of Federal and State law to use any pesticide product in a manner inconsistent with its label.
[Pesticide product signage as required by Hawaii Administrative Rules(HAR) 4-66-54(d).]
For more information, please see the Department of Agriculture website.