Consumer Safety

P&G works hard to make sure everything to do with its products, production, packaging and use are safe. More than a thousand toxicologists, environmental scientists, engineers and other experts work towards making every stage safe for consumers, human health, workers, animals and the environment.



P&G works hard to make sure everything to do with its products, production, packaging and use are safe. More than a thousand toxicologists, environmental scientists, engineers and other experts work towards making every stage safe for consumers, human health, workers, animals and the environment.

Safety is therefore part of every P&G product. Yet P&G are also committed to developing innovations that meet consumers’ needs at all times. P&G are also on a drive to sustainability, aiming to lower our footprint, and reduce the impact on the environment and human health.
P&G understands many of its products can raise concerns and interest wider populations. When there are common interests, P&G’s positions, commitments and visions, on various topics, are clearly stated.

Consumer safety: protecting people

Detergents and cleaning products have contributed to great improvements in human health and hygiene over the last several centuries, but safety when laundering clothes is also important. As with all widely used products that provide wide-scale benefits to consumers, we need to be attentive to the risks when it comes to laundry room safety. Some potential concerns include:
- How do we assess safety when doing laundry and the risks to human health from using detergents?
- How are consumers or workers exposed to laundry products? What levels are safe?
- Do detergents lead to skin irritation, allergies or sensitization?
- Do products containing enzymes raise any special concerns?
- Are fabric softeners, like Downy, safe for people with sensitive skin (including infants)?

Tide Consumer Safety

These are questions that P&G scientists address every day in their commitment to ensuring consumer product and laundry safety. Following a tiered approach, researchers assess detergent ingredients from the available data and lab tests before being tested on human volunteers (P&G has committed to not testing on animals unless legally required).

Human Health Risk Assessments

Laundry care products are sometimes perceived as a source of skin irritation, allergies and sensitization. To follow up available exposure data and lab research, P&G scientists have tested on human volunteers for a wide range of skin compatibility issues under real use and exaggerated conditions. The results, verified by independent panels of dermatologists, show that P&G’s laundry detergent products (including those containing enzymes) do not pose concerns about skin irritation, allergies or sensitization, although it’s important to follow laundry safety advice.
Despite this laundry product safety, P&G continues to vigorously test its products. We aim to ensure that every part of your laundry process, from the start of production to your clean clothes is as safe as it can possibly be. Only through continuous innovations in sustainability can P&G create products that meet these criteria and guarantee safety when handling laundry products. As ever, we’re committed to touching lives, improving life.