Adequate Warning Law and Legal Definition

An adequate warning is a warning that reasonably alerts a product's average user to a potential hazard. The warning message includes the nature and extent of the danger.

An adequate warning comprises of the four elements listed below:

(1) notice that a severe hazard exists;

(2) a description of the nature of the hazard;

(3) a description of the hazard's possible consequences; and

(4) guidelines on how to avoid the hazard.

Additionally, the warning must be prominently displayed. Pictographs that illustrate the nature and severity of the hazard must be included.

State and federal laws require warning labels to be placed on potentially dangerous materials, such as drugs and equipments.