BBQ lighter and decorative lamp fluids
ECHA DROPS ITS CAMPAIGN TO RESTRICT THE USE OF GRILL/BBQ LIGHTER FLUIDS AND FLUIDS FOR DECORATIVE LAMPS
On April 17, 2015 The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) withdrew its intention to restrict the selling and use of grill/BBQ lighter fluids and fluids for decorative lamps. ExxonMobil welcomes the decision by ECHA which acknowledges that certain solvents can be used safely in these applications and has included lamp oils and grill/BBQ lighter fluids as a supported use in its REACH registration dossiers for the relevant products.
ECHA’s Annex XV report (July 8 2015), concludes that due to the clearly decreasing trend of poisonings attributed to lamp oils and grill/BBQ lighter fluids (labelled R65 or H304), and with no safer or feasible alternatives, there is no need for stricter regulatory measures including product bans. The downward incident trend follows tighter labelling and packaging requirements in force since 2010.
ECHA had announced in 2014 an inspection campaign targeting companies involved in producing potentially dangerous consumer products with child resistance fastenings.
The purpose was to check and improve the safety of packaging and use of hazardous substances and mixtures, for consumers--and for children in particular. Typical consumer products included lighter fluids, lamps oils, disinfectants, cleaning and laundry products as well as drain openers.
This project was a response to the restriction expressed by the Commission in Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, published in 2010, with a view to reduce incidents linked to certain products. It was the first one with a focus on enforcement of specific packaging requirements.
The inspections took place from July to December 2014 and the report was published on April 17, 2015.
Fluids recommended by ExxonMobil for lamp oil applications include Exxsol™ D60, D80, and Isopar™ L and M fluids; for grill/BBQ lighter fluids Exxsol D40, D60 and D80 and Isopar G, J and L fluids.
For more information:
- Annex XV report: Assessment of whether the use of grill lighter fluids and fuels for decorative lamps, labelled R65 or H304, intended to be supplied for the general public, should be restricted (8 July 2015)
- ECHA on child-resistant fastenings project (3 June 2015)
- Hydrocarbon solvents producers association (HSPA) position paper on lamp oil restrictions (15 January 2015)
- Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (see page 3/paragraph 6 on the Commission ‘s request for ECHA to produce a dossier on lamp oils and BBQ lighters) (1 April 2010)
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