The OECD Global Awareness-raising Campaign on Laundry Detergent Capsules (16 to 23 March 2015) aims to inform of the risks posed by a product that is present in growing number of households worldwide: laundry detergent capsules (or packets). These products can be attractive to children and can pose serious dangers if not handled and stored safely.
Over 16 000 people, mostly children, are exposed to the chemicals in laundry capsules on a yearly basis globally. Tactile and colourful, kids often mistake these capsules for sweets. The consequences of exposure may include eye, skin or ingestion problems. Check our tips on safe storage and use, or what to do in case of exposure.