First Aid Instruction and Safety Directions (FAISD) Handbook

Safety directions

Page last updated: May 2016

Under poisons and pesticides legislation, many pesticides and agricultural and veterinary chemical products are required to be labelled with safety directions to ensure their safe handling. The following code has been prepared as a guide for health and agricultural authorities and for manufacturers in drafting suitable safety directions for this purpose. This document lists the Safety Direction Statements prescribed for the labels of agricultural and veterinary preparations.

The OCS can advise on appropriate safety directions for any particular case.

Information included in Safety Directions

Safety directions include statements relating to the potential hazards and the requirements for protective equipment to ensure the safety of the operator. The directions contain advice necessary in the preparation and use of the agricultural or veterinary product, and after its use. The directions also include some specific statements relating to first aid more appropriately located here than in first aid instructions They do not include other warnings and precautions such as flammability, disposal of containers, spillage, re-entry periods and withholding periods.


Safety directions are prescribed for particular product formulations rather than for active ingredients. Statements are allocated (unless shown otherwise) for specific physical forms and formulations. These allocations reflect the data available on the formulations at the time of consideration and in certain cases nominate the actual solvent, or other non active ingredient, because of its specific effect. This Handbook contains safety directions only for those products which have been referred to the OCS by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for consideration and advice. Thus, not every registered agricultural and veterinary product will necessarily have an entry in this Handbook.

Grammar and Punctuation

Words which are optional, according to the grammar, or are to be determined specifically by the manufacturer are shown in brackets. Common sense should be used to make any very minor amendments necessary to produce clear statements in good English. Periods (full stops) should be added where appropriate and a small space left between sentences. The use of capital letters is not intended to be mandatory and in fact research has shown that longer statements are more readable in lower case sentences.

Statement Codes in Brackets

Where a number or numbers appear in brackets (parentheses) together with a formulation code, the statement/s referred to by that number/s is/are to be used on the label only if the product comprises the specified formulation type.

Personal Protective Equipment

When protective clothing and/or equipment is specified for a substance, this clothing and equipment should meet the relevant Standards Australia standards specified below:
OverallsAS 3765Clothing for Protection Against Hazardous Chemicals
GlovesAS/NZS 2161Industrial Safety Gloves and Mittens (Excluding Electrical and Medical Gloves)
Goggles and face shieldAS/NZS 1337Eye Protectors for Industrial Applications
FootwearAS/NZS 2210Occupational Protective Footwear
RespiratorsAS/NZS 1715Selection, Use and Maintenance of Respiratory Protective Devices
AS/NZS 1716Respiratory Protective Devices
Many statements on protective clothing and equipment make provision to insert specific details, eg specific glove, apron or footwear material or respirator canister type, where necessary.

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Application of Safety Directions

Safety directions in this Handbook are Product-Specific for the formulations or product/s specified in the middle column of the safety direction entries. The following example shows the layout of entries in the Safety Directions section of this Handbook.

Substance and Safety Directions

SubstanceFormulationSafety Directions
The left-hand column specifies the active substance.The middle column specifies the product, formulation type and the concentration range.The right hand column lists numbers which refer to the Standard Statements listed in this part of the Handbook.
Alpha-cypermethrinEC 100 g/L or less in
hydrocarbon solvent 800 g/L or less
129 133 161 162 164 203 210 211 219 222 223 279 281 290 292 294 299 340 343 350 360 361 365 366
SC 250 g/L or less, more than 30 g/L129 132 161 162 203 210 211 220 223 279 280 281 282 290 292 294 351 360 361 366
SC 30 g/L or less129 133 161 162 203 210 211 279 280 281 290 292b 294 351 360 361 366
SC 15 g/L or less129 133 160 162 164 203 210 211 279 281 290 292 294 351 360 361 366

Safety Directions for Related Products

If there is no separate listing of safety directions for the product type or formulation being prepared for marketing, it is not acceptable to use safety directions for a related product. An application should be made to the APVMA for the development of relevant safety directions.