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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 Product Act (CSPA - Chapter 70.240 RCW) is an important part of this initiative.

The Children's Safe Product Reporting Rule requires manufacturers of children's products sold in Washington to report if their product contains a Chemical of High Concern to Children.

The CSPA also limits the amount of lead, cadmium, and phthalates allowed in children's products. These limits were substantially preempted by federal law. Ecology works with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure compliance with these requirements.

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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