A.I.S.E. Guidence for Safe Handling of Enzymes
Enzymes are important constituents of modern detergent products. They are proteins which catalyse chemical reactions: they break down soils and stains and thus achieve improved washing performance.
Safe handling of enzymes during the manufacturing process is important because, if inhaled in their raw state, in the form of dust or aerosols, they may cause respiratory allergy similar to other well-known allergens like pollen, house dust mites and animal dander. When added to detergent products, enzymes are treated, for example, by encapsulation, making them safe for consumers to use.
While primarily aimed at the detergent industry, including both powder and liquid plants, the principles of the guidance are generally applicable to other enzyme-handling occupations. In addition, the guidance is useful for enzyme manufacturers or importers and detergents manufacturers in meeting their obligations under REACH to manage the adequate control of risks of enzymes.
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