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European Child Safety Alliance: Children and Household Chemicals

On 11 April the European Child Safety Alliance was represented by Martina Abel, Managing Director of Safe Kids Germany at the conference ‘Children and household chemicals - More safety through better packaging regulations’. This event was hosted by the Ministry of Employment, Integration and Social Affairs of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The conference highlighted specific poisoning hazards for children, the benefits of child safe packaging, challenges to market surveillance, and enforcement of regulations and standards.

Martina Abel spoke about the variation between poisoning rates across European countries and shared the example of the Netherlands as a model of good practice. Through strong legislation on poisoning prevention and regular consumer awareness campaigns, the Netherlands maintain low child poisoning rates.

Discussions about consumer knowledge, optimising market surveillance, and amending CLP-regulation are all steps towards new multi-sectoral strategies to enforce poisoning prevention. Children have to be protected from poisoning hazards through a combination of good regulations and effective awareness programmes. When selecting products parents must be able to differentiate between extremely dangerous and less dangerous products, as well as safe and unsafe packages.

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Originally posted on 10 May 2013

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