HC Deb 26 March 1970 vol 798 cc457-8W
15. Mr. Wellbeloved

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity, in view of concern about the health hazard to people engaged in the production of washing powders containing enzymes, what steps she now proposes to take to provide safeguards.

Mr. Harold Walker

The Factory Inspectorate has been in close touch with the hazards from the use of enzymes in washing powders since the early stages. On the basis of a medical survey, it has exchanged knowledge and experience with appropriate works medical officers. In addition, manufacturers have established environmental control of the processes involving the use of enzymes.

After discussion with the Factory Inspectorate, the industry has set up a committee to co-ordinate preventive action. The Department is co-ordinating medical studies, and will continue to ensure a rigorous standard of precautions.