Reporting on detergent capsule accidentology research
Building on a commitment made as part of A.I.S.E.’s 2012 Product Stewardship Programme, and in order to understand the root causes for accidental exposures to detergent capsules especially among young children, A.I.S.E. has partnered with five Poison Control Centres (PCCs) to carry out qualitative ‘accidentology’ research.
The PCCs are based in Dublin (Ireland), Göttingen (Germany), Milan (Italy), Prague (The CzechRepublic) and Utrecht (The Netherlands).They serve a combined population of approximately 90 million inhabitants. The study scope covers 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 final accidentology report, released by A.I.S.E. and five European Poison Control Centres in 2015, includes results, key learnings and recommendations from Poison Control Centres.