April 22, 2016
On April 1, 2016, a new bill was signed into law in Washington that will restrict the use of the following five flame retardants in children’s products and residential upholstered furniture in Washington:
- Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE)
- Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)
- Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA)
- Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP)
- Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP)
Why It Matters
This legislation amends Washington’s Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA), which went into effect in 2008 and currently restricts the levels of lead, cadmium, and phthalates in children’s products, in addition to requiring manufacturers to notify the Washington Department of Ecology if any of their products contain a high priority chemical.
Beginning July 1, 2017, no manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer may manufacture, knowingly sell, offer for sale, distribute for sale or distribute for use any children’s products or residential upholstered furniture that contain decaBDE, HBCD, TBBPA, TCEP, or TDCPP in amounts greater than 1,000 ppm.
As part of the current Washington’s Children’s Safe Products Act, manufacturers were also required to recall from Washington all restricted products, and reimburse retailers, distributors, or other purchasers for the recalled products. This will now apply to the newly added flame retardants beginning July 1, 2017.
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