Cape Town - The Western Cape Department of Social Development has urged the public to comment on the draft South African standard for the manufacturing of washable, reusable sanitary towels.
In a statement, the department said the standard covers the requirements and test methods for washable, reusable sanitary towels for external use and that the standard does not apply to disposable sanitary towels.
“The introduction of such standards could be a game-changer for the sanitary industry in South Africa because the consequences of inadequate menstrual management extends beyond the classroom to health, dignity, psycho-social wellbeing, employment, and participation in society,” said DSD MEC Sharna Fernandez.
“Focusing on a holistic approach to menstrual hygiene management will go a long way to providing an interventional edge in this field.”
The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), the technical committee responsible for the preparation of the standard, has reached a consensus that the draft should become a South African standard.