First Aid Instruction and Safety Directions (FAISD) Handbook

Warning Statements and General Safety Precautions

Page last updated: May 2016

Under State and Territory poisons and pesticides legislation, scheduled substances and their preparations, which may be harmful to the user, must be labelled with appropriate warning statements and/or safety directions. The following code has been prepared as a guide for health and agricultural authorities and manufacturers in drafting suitable warning statements and/or general safety precautions for this purpose.

The directions listed for a substance may require some modification to account for the combination of that substance with other substances in a formulation, as well as the physical form and presentation of the product. Any such modification should be concise and readily understood.

These statements relate to the personal safety of the user of a product containing the specified substance. Warning statements and general safety precautions for products requiring them are to be grouped together with those specified in the section on Safety Directions, and placed on the label immediately after the words “SAFETY DIRECTIONS”.

Where an individual warning statement or general safety precaution from this section of the Handbook is effectively duplicated by the requirements for safety directions, the direction need only appear once.