June 21, 2016 6 Comments
Some soft washing contractors have been using sodium hypochlorite (SH) that's been approved only for use in swimming pools, milking parlours, or other uses other than for soft washing.
And we've noticed erroneous assumptions being made about the legal use of sodium hypochlorite for soft washing. A lot of misunderstanding, confusion and myths have arisen from these assumptions.
So we decided to get to the truth and reality of the current situation regarding the use of sodium hypochlorite for soft washing.
1) "Is it illegal to use an HSE approved product for a use other than the specified use in the conditions of approval?"
HSE: “Yes, if the product is not used in the correct way as specified in the conditions of approval then it is illegal.”
2) "Is it illegal to alter an HSE approved product by adding dish washing soap, or other additives, to change the characteristics of the product?"
HSE: “The Approval Holder can alter the formulation of their approved product. However, the approval holder must apply to the HSE for an amendment to the product formulation. The amendment must be approved by the HSE before they can advertise, sell, supply, market, or use the product.
“If the approved formulation is altered in any way, the conditions of approval have been broken and this is an illegal act.”
We received the above responses direct from the UKCA (UK Competent Authority) for Biocides. The wording above is exactly that which we received in an email from the HSE and which we have on file.
1. "Is it illegal to use a PRCD notified product for a use other than the specified use in the conditions of approval?"
PRCD: "Yes, product should only be used as indicated on the label."
2. "Is it illegal to alter a PRCD notified product by adding dish soap or other additives to change the characteristics of the product?
PRCD: "Yes, product should only be used as indicated on the label unless the use of the dish soap is indicated as an adjuvant to be used at the same time."
3 "If a specific adjuvent has not been included in the original PRCD notification, and printed as being legal and safe to use on the product label, would it be illegal to add that adjuvent?"
PRCD: "If the product is not used as per label then it would be an illegal use. Adding something to the product in use that may/not increase the efficacy of the product, if not on the label that is notified to PRCD is an illegal use."
We received the above response direct from the PRCD Biocides Team. The wording above is exactly that which we received in an email from the PRCD and which we have on file.
Quick tip: This article is Part One of a 2-Part series in which we elaborate on the legal facts around using sodium hypochlorite (SH) for soft washing. Click here to read Part 2
We hope you found this information helpful and sincerely wish you great success in your soft washing business,
Ben, Leo , Fiona, Stevie & Anthony
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