Lapid bill to require warning labels on household items

Published July 15, 2019, 6:08 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Mario Casayuran

Senator Manuel Lapid has renewed his call for the government to require manufacturers to put precautionary labels on household items that may contain toxic and hazardous substances.

Senate of the Philippines (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Senate of the Philippines (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

This came after Lapid filed Senate Bill 58, also known as the Hazardous Household Substances Labelling Act.

The measure seeks to compel manufacturers to put warning labels on household items that contain substances that are considered toxic, corrosive, harmful irritants, strong sensitizers or flammable through a standard of signage and symbols that would alert consumers of the potential dangers of the products.

Lapid said his measure seeks to protect the health and safety of people by helping them identify hazardous chemicals at home.

He also stressed that consumers are unaware that many household items contain chemicals that might cause serious injury and health issues.

With this, it is only necessary for the companies to not only disclose the toxic contents of the products they manufacture but also to warn the consumers of the risks of using the said products, Lapid said.

Apart from placing warning signs and symbols that would alert consumers of the potential dangers of the products, the Lapid bill also aims to require the companies to provide instructions on the first-aid steps to take in case of accidents caused by improper handling or storage of the products.

 
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