Steps Toward Safer Chemical Policy
Overview of the Law
Ecology's Reducing Toxic Threats Initiative is based on the principle that preventing exposures to toxics is the smartest, cheapest and healthiest way to protect people and the environment. The Children's Safe Products Act (CSPA - Chapter 70.240 RCW) is an important part of this initiative.
The Children's Safe Products Reporting Rule requires manufacturers of children's products sold in Washington to report if their product contains a Chemical of High Concern to Children. Ecology is updating this rule, find more information on the CSPA Reporting Rule page.
The CSPA also limits the amount of lead, cadmium, and phthalates allowed in children's products (RCW 70.240.020). When a children's product is also covered by a federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) limit for lead, cadmium, or phthalates, Ecology refers the matter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure compliance with these requirements.
Where a children's product is covered by the state limits but not by a limit under the CPSIA, Ecology will enforce the state limits. Check Ecology's guidance on enforcement of LEAD, CADMIUM, and PHTHALATE limits for more information.
Beginning July 2017, CSPA limits certain flame retardants in children’s products and residential upholstered furniture (RCW 70.240.025).
Enforcing the Law
Ecology tests products for chemicals to ensure manufacturers are reporting accurate information about their children's products, and to make sure that they are complying with laws regulating other chemicals (like Bisphenol A, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, toxic metals in packaging, or copper in vehicle brake pads.) These testing projects are summarized in Ecology publications.
You can also search the information from all of Ecology's testing in the Product Testing Database.
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