Using Enzymes the Right Way

Enzymes are naturally occurring proteins that break down certain materials into their basic components. For instance, in laundry detergent products, they help break down complex stains and soils, including protein-based stains such as grass and blood and starch-based stains common to many foods.

In recent years, the use of enzyme technology in consumer products has increased significantly outside the cleaning products industry and the number of applications in which enzymes are being incorporated is continuing to expand. This new SDA publication provides the strategies and methods that have been used successfully by the industry to manage enzyme safety.

“The cleaning product industry’s recent experience shows how successful implementation of a product stewardship program, which includes appropriate risk assessment and risk management practices, helps to promote the continued safe use of enzymes,” said Francis Kruszewski, Ph.D., SDA Director of Human Health and Safety.

A 1995 SDA publication, Work Practices for Handling Enzymes in the Detergent Industry, outlined safe enzyme handling practices for the workplace. “Our new publication describes how product manufacturers can develop comprehensive programs to assess and manage the risks of using enzymes in consumer products,” added Kruszewski. “We outline strategies and methods that have been used successfully by the industry.”

The intended audiences for Risk Assessment Guidance for Enzyme-Containing Products are toxicologists, risk assessors, and product safety professionals in industries formulating products containing enzymes.

Risk Assessment Guidance for Enzyme-Containing Products can be downloaded at; Source: Soap and Detergent Association