Poison Prevention Packaging Act Law and Legal Definition

The Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) is a U.S. federal legislation that was designed to prevent young children from accidentally ingesting hazardous substances ordinarily stored around their house. It provides special packaging to protect children from serious personal injury or serious illness resulting from handling, using, or ingesting household substances, and for other purposes. This Act was enacted in 1970. The provisions of the Act are found under 15 USCS §§ 1471 et seq.

The PPPA mandates that toxic, corrosive, or irritative substances to be packaged in such a way that it will be difficult for children under the age of 5 years to open them, yet not difficult for adults to open. Aspirin, was the first product that was covered by the law.