Discount and hardware stores to be inspected for banned chemicals
Hardware and discount stores all over the country are to be targeted by inspectors to ensure their products don't contain any banned chemicals and are safe to the public.
Chemicals such as cadmium, nickel and lead are banned in jewellery, while benzene, chloroform and toluene are banned in glues and adhesives.
Inspections will focus on cleaning and laundry products; air fresheners and reed diffusers; paint products such as thinners; jewellery; and glues.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) today launched the nationwide inspection campaign to see if products comply with the relevant EU chemical legislation, which is designed to improve chemical safety.
The packaging of products will also be checked to ensure child-resistant fastenings and tactile warnings of danger are included where required.
"We will focus our inspections on discount stores and hardware stores. Specifically, we will be checking the labelling information and also packaging to ensure that products which are required to have child-resistant fastenings are compliant. We will also be checking jewellery and glues for the presence of banned substances," said Kevin Buckley, senior inspector with the HSA.
Cadmium is a highly toxic metal and a known carcinogen. Lead is also a poisonous metal if ingested, and nickel has been blamed for causing dermatitis. Benzene is a known carcinogen, while toluene and chloroform are irritants that can affect the liver and kidneys.