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Pesticide News Story: New Enable the Label On-line Discussion Forum Topic: LRM Chapter 10: Worker Protection Labeling

For Release: April 1, 2011

EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs has posted an update to Enable the Label, our online discussion forum that's used to improve clarity and usefulness for Label Review Manual users. The discussion topic for April is Chapter 10, which provides guidance for reviewing statements required to protect occupational users of pesticides, including agricultural workers and handlers. We are focusing on clarifying the criteria used to determine if a product is subject to the Worker Protection Standard, precautionary statements related to personal protective equipment, and the Directions for Use section of the label. After the discussion thread closes at the end of April, we will review comments received and incorporate useful ones into future revisions of the Label Review Manual. As a reminder, for discussions focusing on the Label Review Manual, the Agency is not asking for general discussions on pesticide policy issues.

We created Enable the Label to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas related to the labeling of pesticides. We use the forum to facilitate a monthly discussion focusing on one or two chapters of the Label Review Manual. Forum participants are welcome to post their thoughts and ideas on the topics and provide feedback on any other subject covered in that month's chapter. The goal is to improve the clarity and usefulness of the manual for its users -- primarily people who draft, review, or enforce labels in the field. Pesticide manufacturers and their representatives, and State pesticide regulators may also use the manual.

Enable the Label provides informal comment opportunities to everyone interested in improving the Label Review Manual, and encourages creative solutions to complex pesticide label challenges in an open and transparent environment. We invite you to regularly submit your comments and comment on others' ideas at http://blog.epa.gov/enablethelabel/.

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