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Safety Evaluation of Absorbent Hygiene Pads: a Review on Assessment Framework and Test Methods

Version 1 : Received: 8 October 2018 / Approved: 8 October 2018 / Online: 8 October 2018 (16:26:55 CEST)

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Bae, J.; Kwon, H.; Kim, J. Safety Evaluation of Absorbent Hygiene Pads: A Review on Assessment Framework and Test Methods. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4146. Bae, J.; Kwon, H.; Kim, J. Safety Evaluation of Absorbent Hygiene Pads: A Review on Assessment Framework and Test Methods. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4146.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2018, 10, 4146
DOI: 10.3390/su10114146

Abstract

Disposable absorbent hygiene products have evolved for superior performance, enhancing the convenience of daily lives. Yet the use of disposable hygiene pads has brought safety concerns on chemical exposure, and significant efforts have been made to assess the potential risks associated with use of hygiene pads. This article intends to overview the safety assessment framework of diapers and feminine pads, which includes hazard identification, hazard characterization, exposure assessment, risk characterization, and postmarket risk management. Risk assessment of various constituents are reviewed for quantification methods and conservative estimation of exposure parameters. By reviewing the up-to-date considerations in risk assessment, we aim to provide insightful discussion on safety evaluation of current versions of disposable absorbent products. More clinical testing and postmarket surveillance are needed for continuous monitoring of potential health impacts of advanced products and constituents.

Subject Areas

absorbent hygiene pad; diaper; feminine pad; risk assessment; safety; hazard; exposure; test method

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