Hazard labels overlooked.


According to results from recent study commissioned by the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG), hazard-warning labels are too little known by Swiss households and are often not taken seriously.

The orange, black and white warning symbols-printed on the packaging of household products such as detergents, bleaches and cleaners--declare whether a product is corrosive, toxic, or an irritant. They include additional written warnings and advice on safe product use.

Until 2005, products were only marked as hazardous if they were poisonous; however, the new system was introduced to reduce accidents and make risk-assessment easier for consumers. Despite the passage of several years, around half of survey participants still believed the pre-2005 poison classification to be the official hazard warning system. They were also of the opinion that products not labelled with old poison classification...

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