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a caustic warning imageJanuary 9 2018

Guidance on a voluntary commitment to sell acids and corrosive substances has been published by the Home Office.

The government is encouraging retailers to sign up to the voluntary code of practice, with the intention of restricting access to the products “which are being used as weapons to threaten or to attack people and inflict life-changing injuries.”

Retailers signing up to the scheme commit to:

  • agreeing to comply with the Poisons Act 1972 and to promote awareness to staff of what this means for the sale of products which contain levels of acid and other corrosive substances;
  • not selling products to under 18s that contain potentially harmful levels of acid or corrosive substances;
  • agreeing to apply equivalent age restriction measures to products sold online.

Specific compounds mentioned by the Home Office include:

  • sulphuric acid;
  • sodium hydroxide (12% and over);
  • hydrochloric acid (10% and over);
  • ammonium hydroxide (10% and over);
  • sodium hypochlorite (10% and over).

These are active ingredients are used in products for cleaning or unblocking drains, paint strippers, brick and patio cleaners, limescale removers, and general cleaning products.

“Individual retailers will decide how to apply this responsible sales commitment to their stores or shop and online,” says the Home Office. It has also issued a set of graphics which can be used by retailers to raise awareness that they have signed up to the voluntary commitments on the responsible sales of acid and corrosive substances.

Retailers wanting to sign up, are asked to contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Links:
Home Office announcement ‘Policy paper: Sales of acid: voluntary commitments for retailers’      
Policy paper: ‘Responsible sales of acid and corrosive substances: voluntary commitments’             
Home Office: ‘Promotional material: Sales of acid products: voluntary commitments for retailers’                

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