Pesticides are chemicals used to control pests. The term ‘pesticide‘ includes insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, algaecides and fumigants. STRC plays an important role in analysing and certifying the pesticides both technical grade and formulations for their safe use. STRC has the facilities to carry all the tests to ascertain the conformity to various national and international specifications.
Material safety data sheet (MSDS) is an important component of product stewardship and occupational safety and health. MSDS formats can vary from source to source within a country depending on national requirements.
MSDS is a widely used system for cataloguing information on chemicals, chemical compounds, Pesticides, Herbicides, and Chemical Mixtures.
It is also the duty of the manufacturer to properly label substances on the basis of physicochemical, health and/or environmental risk. Labels can include hazard symbols such as the European Union standard black diagonal cross on an orange background, that is used to denote a harmful substance.
In some jurisdictions, the MSDS is required to state the chemical’s risks, safety, and effect on the environment.
It is important to use MSDS specific to both country and supplier, as the same product (e.g. paints sold under identical brand names by the same company) can have different formulations in different countries. The formulation and hazard of a product having a generic name (e.g. sugar soap) may vary between manufacturers in the same country.
As pesticides are very critical to human safety and health, it is very important to use precise MSDS for pesticides at all points of usage, transportation, storage etc.