Fabian Demicoli

Lamp oils and Grill Lighter Fluids

 The Commission has issued a Draft Decision as regards restrictions on the marketing and use of lamp oils and grill lighter fluids.

Since 1st July 2000, there was a restriction in the sale to consumers of coloured and scented oils presenting an aspiration hazard for use in decorative lamps.  Although the Dangerous Substances and Preparation Directives provide that containers of grill lighter fluids and lamp oils have to be fitted with child-resistant fastening, accidents still occur as containers are either not closed properly, or the substance has been transferred from large original containers to smaller containers
without child-resistant fastenings.

It has become apparent that the unscented and uncoloured lamp oils and grill lighter fluids pose a risk to human health, and specifically to the health of young children, when ingested, causing breathing disturbances and disorders of the respiratory tract. Therefore it was felt necessary to strengthen current provisions to ensure they are appropriately labelled.

In order to minimise accidental ingestion by small children, packaging requirements should be introduced to make lamp oils and grill lighter fluids less likely to attract or arouse the curiosity of children and to
avoid that these products are mistaken for drinks.

The size of the container should also be limited to minimise accidents linked to the transfer from original containers to smaller containers without child-resistant fastenings or appropriate labelling. Consumer protection has to be strengthened by requiring compliance with this standard.

Any Comments on the Draft Decision are to be sent to Abigail Mamo @ GRTU.

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