First Aid Instruction and Safety Directions (FAISD) Handbook

First aid instructions, warning statements, and general safety precautions

Page last updated: May 2016

Substances and Products to Which these Statements Apply

Substance specific statements consist of first aid instructions, warning statements and general safety precautions. First aid instruction ‘a’ should appear on the label of all agricultural and veterinary chemical products unless replaced by instruction ‘i’. Other substance-specific standard statements in this Handbook apply only to substances in agricultural and veterinary chemical products registered by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) when present in concentrations at which they would be scheduled as poisons. Standard statements specified for particular substances apply to all products containing those substances, although there may be some statements relating to specific product types or to concentration ranges or to Schedules of the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP).

For a product containing only substances that are either unscheduled or that are at levels exempted from the schedules, standard first aid instruction ‘a’ - or ‘o’, in the case of pressurised spray packs - should be used as appropriate. Where other directions for safe use are considered warranted for such products, these should be provided as safety directions rather than as first aid instructions, warning statements or general safety precautions.

Concentrations Expressed as Percentages

The expression “one per cent” means 1 gram of the substance per 100 millilitres of the preparation where the preparation is a liquid or 1 gram of the substance per 100 g of the preparation where the preparation is a solid.

Modified First Aid Instruction, Warning Statements and General Safety Precautions on the Primary Pack

Where a primary pack contains two or more immediate containers of poisons, each requiring different first aid instructions, and/or general safety precautions and/or warning statements:
  1. each immediate container must be labelled with those statements appropriate for its contents; and
  2. the primary pack must be labelled with the statement: ‘FIRST AID: See inner packs’, and/or ‘SAFETY DIRECTIONS: See inner packs’, as appropriate.

Obtaining Advice

Advice on suitable first aid instructions, warning statements and general safety precautions for specific agricultural or veterinary chemical products can be obtained from:
Office of Chemical Safety
Department of Health
MDP 71
GPO Box 9848
CANBERRA CITY 2601