Monday, 26 February 2018 14:41


Campaigning MSP Clare Adamson, who convenes Holyrood’s Cross Party Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness, is calling on industry giants to take further steps to protect children in the home.

Household cleaning products, especially detergent capsules for dishwashers and washing machines, have been responsible for a spate of injuries among children – with the brightly coloured products often mistaken for sweets and accidentally ingested. The chemicals contained inside these capsules can cause burn-related injuries, internal swelling and breathing difficulties.
In practice, regulation in this area comes from the European Union and the Motherwell and Wishaw MSP has written to the UK government’s Business Secretary to seek assurances that existing EU regulations will not be diminished in the event of Brexit.
Commenting, Clare Adamson MSP said:
“Many items we keep under the sink contain seriously harmful chemicals – and all too often they’re within easy reach, brightly coloured and often mistaken by curious kids for something else.
“There is no doubt that we should all take sensible steps to keep potentially damaging substances out of reach, and while the industry has already taken promising steps to make the capsules less obvious to children, to add child-safe closures and safety warnings on the packaging - the big brands need to ensure the optimum childproofing measures.
“Childproof lids come as standard for bleaches and medicines, but there seems to be a discrepancy when it comes to detergents, however harmful their contents.
“One of the biggest risks to the existing standards that keep our children safe is leaving the EU. While the Brexiteers may want a bonfire of regulations, it is vital that the protections currently in place that can save children from serious harm and, in some cases save lives, are maintained by the UK Government post-Brexit.”
Clare Adamson MSP has written to Business Secretary Greg Clark to ensure that the EU’s safety regulations are not diminished in the event of Brexit, as well as to the following companies to ask what measures they currently have in place to prevent children from harming themselves by accessing, or even ingesting, harmful substances:

  • SC Johnson - owner of Duck, Mr Muscle and Pledge.
  • Reckitt Benckiser – owner of Dettol, Finish, Cillit Bang, Vanish and Calgon.
  • Unilever – owner of Surf, Comfort, Domestos, Persil and Cif, owned by.
  • Procter & Gamble – owner of Fairy, Ariel, Bold, Lenor, Daz and Flash.
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