Rules & Regs: More CR packaging ordered

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is requiring child-resistant packaging for cosmetics and household products that contain 10% or more hydrocarbons and have a thin, oily consistency (see PW, Jan ’02, p.

104 or pack world.com/go/crpackaging). The new rules are designed to prevent injuries to children who might swallow or aspirate these products. The Poison Prevention Packaging Act has been used to require child-resistant packaging on some 30 types of products. The new regulations differ in that, rather than covering narrowly defined types of products, they apply to all nonemulsion liquid household chemical products considered hazardous under the Federal Hazardous Substance Act and that fall within the viscosity threshold. Likewise, they cover drugs or cosmetics defined by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act as containing 10% or more hydrocarbons and that meet the viscosity standard. The new rules apply to all products packaged on or after October 25, 2002.

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