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Washington State Expands List of Chemicals for Children’s Safe Products Reporting Rule


Washington

The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) has revised its list of chemical compounds under the Children’s Safe Products Reporting Rule. In a revised rule issued Sept. 29, the department added 20 compounds to the catalogue, bringing the total to 85 compounds for which manufacturers of children’s products are required to report on use of those chemicals in children’s products.

Washington state’s robust reporting program passed in 2008, as the Children’s Safe Product Act (CSPA). CSPA requires that manufacturers of children’s products sold in the state report if their product contains a chemical it deems “of high concern” to children. DOE’s initial list included 66 chemicals found in children’s products. DOE collects information from manufacturers to be better informed about the chemicals in these products. The law also limits the amount of lead, cadmium, and phthalates allowed in children’s products. Currently there are no requirements for the use of safer alternatives or prohibitions for the sale of products containing certain chemicals.

As required by the law, chemicals on the list have either been found in children’s products or have been documented to be present in human tissue (blood, breast milk, etc.). However, the mere presence of these chemicals in children’s products does not necessarily indicate that there is a risk of exposure.

DOE added the following chemicals to its list:

  1. Bisphenol S (BPS)
  2. Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)
  3. Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
  4. Triphenyl phosphate (TPP)
  5. Di-(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate (DMEP)
  6. Tris (2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate (TDBPP)
  7. Tri-n-butyl phosphate (TNBP)
  8. Dipentyl phthalate (DPP)
  9. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and related substances
  10. Bisphenol F (BPF)
  11. Ethylhexyl diphenyl phosphate (EHDPP)
  12. Tricresyl phosphate (TCP)
  13. Tris (1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TCPP)
  14. Bis (2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate (TBPH)
  15. Bis (chloromethyl)propane-1,3 -diyl tetrakis-(2- chloroethyl) bis(phosphate)(V6)
  16. Isopropylated triphenyl phosphate (IPTPP)
  17. Decabromodiphenyl ethane (DBDPE)
  18. Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP)
  19. Chlorinated paraffins
  20. 2-ethylhexyl-2,3,4,5- tetrabromobenzoate (TBB)

The rule revision also removed a few chemical compounds from the reporting list. Those compounds are:

  • Phthalic anhydride;
  • Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4); and
  • Molybdenum & molybdenum compounds.

Other states with similar reporting programs include Maine, with its Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products law, Oregon, Vermont, and Minnesota’s Toxic Free Kids Act.

Contact ACA’s Raleigh Davis for more information.


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