A.I.S.E. & Poison Control Centres release detergent capsules “ACCIDENTOLOGY” final report

In order to understand the root causes for accidental exposures to detergent capsules especially involving young children and building on a commitment made as part of the Product Stewardship Programme launched in 2012, A.I.S.E. partnered with five Poison Control Centres (PCCs) to conduct a qualitative ‘accidentology’ research study. The PCCs are based in Dublin (IE), Göttingen (DE), Milan (IT), Prague (CZ) and Utrecht (NL). They serve a combined population of approximately 90 million inhabitants. The study scope covered all detergent capsules (laundry, dishwasher and others) contained in a water-soluble film.  Over a 6-month period, starting in autumn 2014, details of incident circumstances of 401 cases were systematically collected.  Most accidental exposures (82%) involved liquid laundry capsules, while 16% of cases involved automatic dishwashing (ADW) capsules. 

The study shows that 66% of incidents involved capsules or packs that were directly accessible to a child i.e. capsules or packs not safely stored. In 44% of cases, the exposed child managed to take a capsule from a container.

The insightful results of the study, including recommendations from Poison Control Centers for the future, are included in the Final Report of the ‘accidentology’ Project, available here.

Details of the ongoing consumer education campaign around safe use of liquid laundry capsules ‘Keep Caps From Kids’ are available here: www.keepcapsfromkids.eu