Since the safety of chemicals that are used by community enterprises is a concern in Thailand, this research was undertaken to examine the use of such chemicals especially in producing cosmetics and hazardous substances which are under controlled of the Office of Food and Drug Administration in Nonthaburi province. This qualitative research was conducted in a sample of all 18 household community product entrepreneurs that had obtained a product quality certification according to the Community Product Standards in Nonthaburi province by in-depth interviews. The research instrument with content validity verified by 3 experts was an interview form on chemical use situation among household community product enterprises. Data were collected and then analyzed using descriptive statistics and content analysis. The findings revealed that most of the entrepreneurs were a single enterprise with an investment cost of 50,000–100,000 baht. They formulated their household community products with the knowledge gained from training courses. The chemicals used were selected with the advice from chemical experts and chemical traders. The production was carried out in their own residences with a separate area designated for this purpose; and the chemicals were kept in such an area as well and used according to the chemical pamphlets. They used personal protective equipment and discharging production waste into public sewers. They had no chemical information and hazard communication media in their production areas. The chemicals mainly used were detergents, surfactants, acids, and bases as well as herbs. They all could recognize aquatic environmental hazard pictograms and realize correct practices in terms of using separate production containers from cooking utensils, wearing gloves before handling any chemical, being concerned about chemical splash into their eyes, immediate cleaning a chemical spill, no smoking while working, and hand-washing after chemical handling and before eating.
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A Survey on Chemical Use among Household Community Product Enterprises Producing Cosmetics and Hazardous Substances in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand
How to cite this paper: Soontornchai, S. (2018). A Survey on Chemical Use among Household Community Product Enterprises Producing Cosmetics and Hazardous Substances in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand. The Educational Review, USA, 2(7), 379-385.
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