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32-1972. Poison or hazardous substances; misbranding and labeling; prohibitions; exemption
A. A poison or hazardous substance shall be misbranded unless the label bears, and accompanied information that it includes or bears, any directions for use which states conspicuously:
1. The name and address of the manufacturer or seller.
2. The common or usual name or the chemical name, if there is no common or usual name, of the poison or hazardous substance or of each component which contributes substantially to its poisonous or hazardous property, unless the board by rule permits or requires the use of a recognized generic name.
3. The signal words "poison" and "danger" and the skull and crossbones symbol on poisons or hazardous substances which are highly toxic.
4. The signal word "danger" on poisons or hazardous substances that are corrosive.
5. The signal word "warning" or "caution" on all other poisons or hazardous substances.
6. An affirmative statement as to the principal poisonous property, such as "flammable", "vapor harmful", "causes burns", "absorbed through skin", or similar wording descriptive of the poison or hazardous substance.
7. Precautionary measures describing the action to be followed or avoided.
8. Instruction, when necessary or appropriate, for first-aid treatment.
9. Instructions for handling and storage of packages which require special care in handling or storage.
10. The statement "keep out of reach of children" or its practical equivalent, or, if the poison or hazardous substance is intended for use by children, adequate directions for the protection of children from the poison or hazardous substance.
11. Directions for using the poison or hazardous substance.
B. A poison or hazardous substance is also misbranded by the reuse of a food, drug or cosmetic container, or in a container which, though not reused, is identifiable as a food, drug or cosmetic container by its labeling or by other identification, as a container for the poison or hazardous substance.
C. Any statement required on the label of a poison or hazardous substance under subsection A shall be:
1. Located prominently.
2. In the English language.
3. In conspicuous and legible type in contrast by typography, layout, or color with other printed matter on the label.
D. If the board finds that the requirements of subsections A and B are not adequate for the protection of the public health and safety in view of the special hazard presented by any particular poison or hazardous substance, it may establish by rule such reasonable variations or additional label requirements as it finds necessary, and any such poison or hazardous substance intended, or packaged in a form suitable, for use in the household or by children which fails to bear a label in accordance with such rules shall be deemed to be a misbranded poison or hazardous substance.
E. If the board finds that, because of the size of the package involved or because of the minor hazard presented by the poison or hazardous substance contained therein, or for other good and sufficient reasons, full compliance with the labeling requirements otherwise applicable under this section is impracticable or is not necessary for the adequate protection of the public health and safety, the board shall adopt rules exempting such poisons or hazardous substances from these requirements to the extent they determine to be consistent with adequate protection of the public health and safety.
F. If the board finds that the poisonous or hazardous nature of a poison or hazardous substance subject to this section is such that the labeling adequate to protect the public health and safety cannot be devised, or the poison or hazardous substance presents an imminent danger to the public health and safety, the board by rule may restrict the sale of such poison or hazardous substance or declare it to be banned and require its removal from commerce.
G. The board shall conform the rules adopted under this section as far as practicable with the regulations established pursuant to the federal hazardous substances act.