The Federal Government Speaks

Of Note: In October 2001, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to require child-resistant packaging for some common household products and cosmetics containing hydrocarbons that can poison children. Baby oil is a hydrocarbon. “We know that child-resistant packaging saves lives,” said CPSC Chairman Ann Brown. “But since the packaging is child-resistant, not child-proof, parents also need to keep baby oil and other potentially poisonous substances locked up out of reach of young children.”

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has ruled that employees in health care and public safety who wear latex gloves should not apply petroleum-based skin-care products, such as those containing mineral oil. “Significant deterioration of latex gloves was noted when exposed to petroleum-based lubricants” (See 56 Federal Register 64119, December 6, 1991). Also see 29 CFR 1910.1030, “Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens.”]

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