Child Resistant Packaging: Challenges and Opportunities


             You may hear it referred to as CR, or CRCs, or Child Resistant Packaging, but one thing that doesn’t change is the need to prevent children from gaining easy access to certain products.  This is a fact of life for many businesses we work with. Those who are operating in long established market sectors know exactly what the requirements are, and how they want to meet them. Others in emerging sectors, particularly those pioneers in the electronic cigarette or cannabis business, find themselves faced with an uncertain regulatory environment and an unfamiliarity with this type of packaging. We at Industrial Container and Supply Company have been in the business of providing CR packaging for decades, and have the products and product knowledge you need to protect both your business and your customers, whether the rules are new, old, or you’re trying to stay a step ahead.

The legal framework under which most Child Resistant Packaging was established goes back to 1970 when Senator Frank Moss (from our home State of Utah, where there have always been lots of children to protect) introduced the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. This essentially gave authority and responsibility over what products need CRCs and how robust those protections need to be to an already existing Federal agency called the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Since that time, many new products have become regulated, and some local and State governments have created statutes of their own. It’s a complex environment in which to operate, and while we won’t always know whether a given product needs packaging with CR features, we will be able to provide you with the laboratory reports that prove your product’s packaging meet the requirements.

Because we are actively providing packaging products to so many different types of businesses, we stock a variety of different closures which fall into the “Child Resistant” category. It might be beneficial for you to take a look at some of what we can offer. You might just see something you haven’t thought of.

Here we have one of the classic models. A 38-400 cap with a tamper evident liner. Most of us have run into a cap just like this one on automotive products. Think of the times you’ve had to add windshield washer fluid to your car. The 5-5 liner provides tamper evidence, and you’ve probably dealt with one of those too. It’s been “vented” so that volatile fluids don’t cause the bottle to distort due to temperature changes, which can be an important consideration.

Another one you may have encountered in the past is a 45mm cap like this. Probably on a vitamin bottle or some sort of over the counter medication.

There are even a couple of couple of relatively new CRCs brought in for the e-liquid industry which could easily be adapted for use with other products. For example, you might have a high-value product that is technically non-toxic but that a three year-old might decide to dump it on the hallway carpet.

So now that you know a little more about CR Packaging, please contact us if there is anything we can help you with.