This page serves to provide documentation and a quick reference resource for all certifications or claims made about our products.
1. Amber Vials and Ultraviolet Radiation Protection
What is UV radiation?
Ultraviolet radiation, shortened to UV, is a group of high energy wavelengths of light (400nm to 10nm) produced by the Sun. This group of light is divided into three main subtypes; UVA, UVB, and UVC. Earth’s atmosphere absorbs between 77%-99% of all UV radiation produced by the Sun depending on factors such as cloud cover and the angle at which the solar rays are penetrating the atmosphere. UVC is responsible for the creation of the ozone layer in a process called UV photolysis. The ozone layer in turn is crucial to blocking the destructive UVB radiation from hitting Earth’s surface. UVA radiation, however, is at long enough wavelengths to pierce through the atmosphere and hit the surface, and is responsible for sunburn and types of skin cancer.
Why should a material be UV protected?
In addition to the burning of skin, UV radiation causes damage to much organic matter, including plant materials, DNA, polymers, pigments, paint, and parts of eyes including the retina. In order to combat potential damage specialized material is needed to be incorporated in containers.
How is a material UV protected?
UV radiation has specific wavelengths which can be blocked by certain materials. These materials are specific molecules called Ultraviolet Light Absorbers that reduce UV degradation, technically known as photo-oxidation. With the help of these UV inhibiting molecules contents can be safe from destructive radiation.
2. Child Safe Containers
What does it mean to be Child Safe?
A child safe, or child resistant, container is a container certified by specialized regulatory organizations to be challenging for children to open. One example would be the push and turn vials or pill containers from pharmacies.
Why should you want child safe containers?
Child Safe containers are important to prevent harmful exposure of chemicals and medicine to children. Certain industries require that products be packaged in child resistant packaging.
Why is certification important?
Certification ensures that a business is telling the truth. Sadly, there are companies that sell products advertised as child safe, yet never take the time to test their claims. These businesses are willing to risk the dangers of children being exposed to harmful substances. It is important to ask businesses to provide certification for whatever claims they make about their products.
Full Test Certification Reports (for Colorado MMED):
For more information see the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s article on Child Resistant Packaging.