An Investigation of Ingredients and Hazardous Substances in Some Consumer Products - Focusing on Cleaners and Disinfectants -

일부 생활화학용품에 함유된 성분 및 유해물질 조사 - 세정제와 소독제를 중심으로 -

  • Heo, Da-An (Department of Public Health, College of Health Science, Korea University) ;
  • Huh, Eun-Hae (Department of Public Health, College of Health Science, Korea University) ;
  • Park, Ji Young (Institute of Health and Environmental, Seoul National University) ;
  • Moon, Kyong Whan (Department of Health and Environmental Science, College of Health Science, Korea University) ;
  • Lee, Kiyoung (Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University)
  • 허다안 (고려대학교 보건과학대학 보건과학과) ;
  • 허은혜 (고려대학교 보건과학대학 보건과학과) ;
  • 박지영 (서울대학교 보건환경연구소) ;
  • 문경환 (고려대학교 보건과학대학 보건환경융합과학부) ;
  • 이기영 (서울대학교 보건대학원)
  • Received : 2015.08.20
  • Accepted : 2015.10.14
  • Published : 2015.10.28


Objectives: This study was conducted to identify the ingredients used in ten consumer product categories and determine hazardous substances among these ingredients. Methods: A total of 542 commercial products in ten consumer product categories were selected. The consumer products were sticker removers, washing machine cleaners, multi-purpose cleaners, mold removers, glass cleaners, chlorinated sanitizers, air conditioner cleaners, disposal cleaners, drain cleaners and disinfectant sprays. The company list was complied from governmental records and a market survey. The respective companies were contacted for a list of ingredients found in the 542 products. Results: The corresponding companies listed 163 ingredients. According to European Union (EU) Directive 67/548/EEC, 38 of the 163 ingredients were classified as dangerous substances. Among these substances, 28 ingredients were hazardous to the skin, 15 were hazardous to the eye, and nine were hazardous if inhaled. Three ingredients were classified as CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction) substances: liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) with carcinogenicity and mutagenicity, and VM&P naphtha and ligroine with carcinogenicity. Conclusion: Various chemicals, including hazardous substances, were used in consumer products. Risk assessment of consumer products is required in order to protect the population from health risks.


Supported by : 환경부


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