The updated guidance notes that the laundry product industry has implemented a long-standing successful product stewardship program to promote the safe use of enzymes both in the workplace during manufacture and by the consumers of their products, using both appropriate risk assessment and risk management practices. Much of the information provided about enzymes for laundry applications can be applied to other finished products, including those in the cleaning and personal care markets.
“Experience in the cleaning products industry demonstrates that potential risk of adverse effects can be successfully managed by identifying the hazards to be managed, carefully assessing exposure, characterizing the risk and then applying appropriate risk management,” said Dr. Francis Kruszewski, ACI senior director, Human Health & Safety. “This publication provides strategies and methods that represent current industry best practices.”
Kruszewski, who was deeply involved in the publication of the new guidance and its 2005 predecessor edition, said that companies intending to use enzymes in their products should play an active role in understanding and managing enzyme-related risks, which can include respiratory sensitivities.
The guidance recommends that companies using enzymes in their products consider how they are managing enzyme safety and whether appropriate risk assessment and risk management programs have been employed.
“Appropriately managing health risks associated with enzymes across all enzyme-containing products will ensure public acceptance of this beneficial class of ingredients. To that end, ACI encourages product manufacturers in other sectors to avail themselves of the best practices laid out in this updated guidance,” commented Kruszewski.
Guidance for the Risk Assessment of Enzyme-Containing Consumer Products is now available for free on the ACI website.