Environ Health Toxicol.  2016 ;31(1):e2016024. 10.5620/eht.e2016024.

What must be done to prevent another humidifier disinfectant disaster?

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The humidifier disinfectant disaster (HDD) was not a simple poisoning accident by biocides, but a singular disaster in history created by chemicals in household products. This disaster was a result of the failure of a system for the management of chemical and product safety. Since the management authority for chemical usage safety is different from those for chemical safety in products, many blind areas for chemical safety management in products still remain. The "˜Act on the Registration and Evaluation, etc. of Chemical Substances (ARECS)' or the new "˜Biocidal Product Act' must not only address the blind areas in the management system for chemical and product safety, but also prevent a second HDD. To prevent another HDD, an integrated registration, evaluation, and management system for chemicals and consumer products must be incorporated into the "˜ARECS' as an essential part for chemical safety in consumer products.


Humidifier disinfectant disaster; Integrated registration; Evaluation; Management system of chemical and product safety; Chemical use safety; Chemical safety in products
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