Household Products: How To Get Health and Safety Information

HouseHold Products Safety Health

What household products are in your house, garage, or shed? Do you know what chemicals are in them? What do you know about those chemicals? You want to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. And baby boomers are all in when it comes to being green and protecting the environment. You want to find the safest, greenest products for your home and yard.

The Consumer Product Information Database (CPID) is the place to get information on a wide range of products for your home, yard, pets, and vehicles. The CPID is where the top medical library in the world, the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), recommends you learn about what's in the products you use and their potential health effects, safety issues, and proper handling.

Key Things to Know

Here are a few key things to know about the Consumer Product Information Database:

  • The database gets updated every three months.
  • Not all products available from a manufacturer are in the database. Still, CPID tries to include the most popular brands.
  • This database only includes non-food and non-pharmaceutical consumer products. There's no information on drugs, foods, or food additives.
  • The information in this database comes from these public sources:
    • Product labels.
    • The manufacturers' Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). The MSDS is the products' chemical property fact sheet from the manufacturers.
  • CPID doesn't test any of the products.
  • CPID doesn't check the product label or MSDS information to determine if the information is complete or accurate.
  • You'll find the full text of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for brands entered into CPID since 2007.

There are nine product categories:

  • Personal Care: Soaps, sham­poos, hair dyes, cosmetics, fragranc­es, tanning products, shaving cream, and perfumes.
  • Inside the Home: Laundry and dish detergents, hard surface cleaners, polishes, air fresheners, carpet and upholstery cleaners, drain cleaners, furniture paints, and water­proofing compounds.
  • Pesticides: Algaecides, fungicides, insect repellents, animal repellents, plant disease control, and weed killers.
  • Hobby/Craft: Artist's paints, solvents, fixatives, adhesives, brush cleaners, contact cement, solders, and fabric dyes.
  • Home Maintenance: Do-It-Your­self (DIY) products like house paints, paint removers, and solvents are the most searched types. Other types of products include adhesives, caulk, types of cement, sealants, and roofing compounds.
  • Home Office: Printer inks and toners, adhesives, markers, and cleaners. It also includes some prod­ucts from Hobby/Craft category.
  • Landscaping/Yard: Fertilizers, lawn and plant care products, swimming pool chemicals, drive­way coatings and cleaners, cement and concrete products, wood deck treatments, and fluids/lubricants for chainsaws, mowers, etc.
  • Auto Products: Products for boats, bicycles, snowblowers, and all-terrain vehicles. Products include auto polish, wheel cleaners, anti­freeze, brake fluids, fuel and oil ad­ditives, fuel injection cleaners, spray paints, and carpet cleaners.
  • Pet Care: Products for dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, reptiles, and horses. Products include grooming supplies and flea and tick control.
  • Commercial/Institutional: Products used by professionals in healthcare facilities, offices, work­shops, and schools.

Look to the CPID database to provide you with:

  • Manufacturer contact information.
  • Information on where to get more information about a product's chemicals.
  • Product recall information.
  • Information on the government agencies that regulate a specific product.
  • The chemical ingredients and the percentage of those ingredients in specific brands.
  • Data on the known acute and chronic health effects of products.
  • First aid information for specific products.
  • The brand choices you have for each type of household product.
  • Information on certified green products.

Finding What You Need

To search for green products: Go to Advanced Search. Next, select Certified Green Products under Search by Product Attribute.

For information about a specific chemical: Go to Search Ingredients. Enter the chemical name. You'll be able to review the physical properties and health effects of the chemical.

Caution

The purpose of the database is to give you access to health and safety information about household products and their ingredients. It's important to know:

  • Products listed in this database aren't there because they're recommended or endorsed by CPID.
  • The accuracy of the information in the CPID database isn't guaranteed to be 100% accurate. Manufacturers frequently change formulations. There may be a lapse between when a manufacturer changes a label or an MSDS and when a change appears in the CPID.
  • When you need precise ingredient information, don't use the CPID. Instead, read your product's label or contact the manufacturer.
  • Don't use the CPID database for a poisoning emergency.
  • Consumers are responsible for what they do with the information provided by the CPI.

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