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About cpid-Why this database?
Disclosing chemical ingredients in products provides essential information throughout the supply chain from raw material supplier to consumers. Information about the ingredients of products and their health effects allow consumers to make better informed choices.The development of this database was initiated in 1994 by DeLima Associates of McLean, Virginia, USA in response to a need for a database (identified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), that related household product types, brand names, chemical constituents, health-related information (acute and chronic effects and target organs), and exposure minimization techniques.
Benefits to Consumers
This Consumer Product Information Database (cpid) that currently links over 18,000 consumer brands to health effects has been designed to educate consumers about chemical ingredients of household products and has the following benefits:
- Conscientious consumers might choose alternative brands, thus achieving an across-the-board use/risk reduction where potentially harmful chemicals are concerned.
- The number of accidental poisonings of individuals and the environment might be decreased. If a consumer knew, for example, that a product contained a carcinogen, he or she might be more likely to take protective actions, including precautions on the label, storing remaining materials in a safe manner and location, and disposing of the container and residue safely and in an environmentally appropriate manner.
- Sensitive or allergic consumers could avoid brands that contain an offensive chemical.
From comments received from these users, it appears that consumers use the database to:
- Identify the chemicals in products they currently use or plan to purchase.
- Determine the health effects of product formulations.
- Avoid brands with ingredients that they are sensitive to.
- View Safety Data Sheets
- Obtain contact information for manufacturers
Benefits to Other Stakeholders
In addition to the benefits to consumers, this database is useful to:
Public Health Service and Other Government Agencies
The mission of public health is to promote physical and mental health and prevent disease, injury, and disability. While the original objective of this database was to provide consumers with a tool to find the chemical ingredients of products and their health effects this database is used by the National Institutes of Health, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other State agencies for exposure research and for conducting risk assessments. The results of this research enableagencies to identify chemicals of high concern to consumers and the environment.The “Recalls” section of the database identifies specific products that have been recalled by these agencies and provides details regarding the reasons for the recalls.
Physicians, Healthcare Providers and Hospital Emergency Rooms
The database is a valuable resource that physicians use to identify the chemicals in products used by patients, determine the health effects of product ingredients, contact the manufacturer’s emergency health lineand access brand-specific First-Aid information (searchable from the Home Page).
Manufacturers are supportive of this database because it provides product and health effects information for customers. In addition, workers in the supply chain have ready access to the full text of Safety Data Sheets that are closely linked to each of their products in this database thereby reducing the burden on manufacturers to supply (M)SDS to multiple employers to comply with the communication requirements of OSHA.
About cpid-What's in it?
The Consumer Product Information Database (cpid) contains health effects information for products used in the home and in some commercial/institutional settings that contain chemicals. The cpid is unique in that it will, for the first time, link brand names to health effects and allow consumers to select brands based on their individual sensitivity to specific chemical ingredients. The cpid website is designed to answer the following typical questions for consumers:
- Who manufactures a specific brand?
- How do I contact this manufacturer?
- What brand choices do I have for each type of product that I use at home?
- What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
- What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
- Which organ systems can potentially be affected by exposure to chemical ingredients?
- Where can I get more information about the properties and toxicity of chemicals?
- Where can I find brands that have been recalled?
- Which Government agencies regulate specific types of products?
The cpid contains the following types of information:
Label Information, including brand name, ingredients and warnings
Manufacturer Information, including street address and contact telephone numbers
Ingredients, Health Effects, Storage and Disposal Information from manufacturer’s material safety data sheets
Properties and health studies for the chemical ingredients of brands
The initial product categories were selected based on frequency of human exposures to chemicals in consumer products as reported in the annual reports of the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). According to the 2012 Annual Report of the AAPCC, more than 672,000 persons including over 408,000 children under the age of five were exposed to chemically hazardous products in 2012. The largest number of exposures involved personal care products (204,100), household cleaning products (172,900), pesticides (82,900), hobby supplies (28,700) and paints (13,100).
After reviewing the detailed data from the APCC and with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we launched the database with 6 categories which soon increased to 9 categories in response to users’ requests. The nine categories are:
This category includes soaps, shampoos, hair dyes, cosmetics, fragrances, tanning products, shave cream and perfumes.
This category includes all laundry and dish detergents, hard surface cleaners, polishes, air fresheners, carpet and upholstery cleaners, drain cleaners, furniture paints and waterproofing compounds.
This category includes algaecides, fungicides, insect repellents, animal repellents, plant disease control and weed killers.
This category includes artist’s paints, solvents, fixatives, adhesives, brush cleaners, contact cement, solders and fabric dyes.
This category includes all Do-It-Yourself (DIY) products of which house paints, paint removers and solvents are the most searched types. Other types of products include adhesives, caulk, cements, sealants and roofing compounds.
This category includes printer inks and toners, adhesives, markers and cleaners. Also includes some products from Hobby/Craft category.
This category includes 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.
This category includes 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.
This category includes products for dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, reptiles and horses. Products include grooming supplies and flea and tick control.
An additional category was recently added:
This category includes products used by professionals in healthcare facilities, offices, workshops and schools.
About cpid-Where does the information come from?
Brands in the cpid are selected based on market share within each of 10 product categories and shelf presence in retail stores such as drugstores, supermarkets, auto parts stores, building supply stores, pet stores and office supply stores. Product information in the cpid is from a variety of publicly available sources including labels on product containers, Safety Data Sheets provided by manufacturers and manufacturers' web sites.
About cpid-The fine print-Disclaimers
DeLima Associates does not test any products nor investigate to determine if this information is complete or accurate. We do our best to record the information as it appears on labels and other sources. Manufacturers frequently change formulations and although we strive to keep information current, a lag period may occur between the time when a manufacturer makes a change to a label or a Material Safety Data Sheet, and the time a change appears in the cpid. As a result, we cannot guarantee that the information in the database is 100% accurate, current or complete at a particular point in time. When precise ingredient information is important, the cpid should not be considered a substitute for reading labels on products or for contacting the manufacturer. For these purposes, we have provided telephone numbers and mailing addresses where available.
DeLima Associates makes no expressed or implied warranties, representations or endorsements whatsoever (including, without limitation, warranties of title or non-infringement, or the implied warranties of fitness of brands for a particular purpose) with regard to any information provided in the cpid.The user assumes full responsibility for using this site and understands and agrees that DeLima Associates is neither responsible nor liable to you or anyone else for any claim, loss or damage resulting from its use.