The Importance of Child-Resistant Packaging
Product packaging has become a universal requirement for the safe and efficient transportation of all store-bought goods. This means that strategic packaging is often the only thing coming in between a curious child and a pound of toxic fertilizer or bottle of prescription pills. Children naturally want to explore everything around them, but a container of bleach isn’t the best item to investigate. Product and packaging manufacturers in all industries have to consider child-resistant options to ensure that innocent lives aren’t put in danger.
This was proven recently when Walgreens’ Multivitamin Women 50+ tablets were recalled due to the packaging not being as child-resistant as the Poison Prevention Packaging Act requires. The iron in vitamins can cause serious injury or even death if ingested by children in too high of a quantity.
It’s significant to note that the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a press release acknowledging the need for child-resistant packaging by saying, “There is no such thing as child-proof packaging. So you shouldn’t think of packaging as your primary line of defense. Rather, you should think of packaging, even child-resistant packaging, as your last line of defense.”
Regardless of the steps a parent takes to protect a child from dangerous household items, mistakes and accidents inevitably happen, and when they do, child-resistant packaging can make all the difference. Since child-resistant packaging serves the purpose of reducing the risk of children becoming poisoned and harmed after ingesting medications, pesticides, and household chemicals, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission now regulates C-R packaging requirements.
Tips for Effective Child-Resistant Packaging
Simply making a package difficult to open cannot suffice for child-resistant packaging, since such closures are often also very challenging for senior citizens to open. Instead, the trick is to develop packaging that requires two coordinated movements to open. This explains the popularity of medicine bottles that need to be pushed down before they are twisted. In addition, closures should be made bigger and wider since the small hands of children have a harder time grasping larger surfaces. Even if children employ their feet or teeth, wide closures will make breakage impossible.
Blister lidding has become a new trend in child-resistant packaging, introduced by Amcor Flexibles. The content within the blister can be accessed by an adult who strategically pushes through the blister instead of pushing or peeling. This strategy makes the packaging easier for senior citizens to use while maintaining effective child-resistance.
These ideas and more are all crucial to ensuring that, in a worst case scenario, children stay safe.