July 14, 2022
by Raissa Havens, regulatory specialist, UL Solutions Supply Chain team
On April 21, 2022, Senate Bill 273 - Environment – PFAS Chemicals – Prohibitions and Requirements, was approved by Governor Larry Hogan, regulating per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in several categories of products. It was named George “Walter” Taylor Act by reason of a Maryland veteran firefighter whose death was caused by cancer linked to potential PFAS exposure.
The law declares beginning Jan. 1, 2024, in the State of Maryland, it is prohibited for a person to use, manufacture, sell or distribute the following categories of products that contain intentionally added PFAS chemicals:
- Class B fire-fighting foam, with a few exceptions
- Food packaging and food packaging components designed for direct food contact
- Rugs or carpets, which can be commercial or residential, except for used ones
Exemptions for the fire fighting foams include those used in airports, ports, refineries, and chemical plants, which can be used, sold or distributed for sale until Sept. 30, 2024. Whilst those used at a terminal have until Dec. 31, 2027.
For personnel authorized to use Class B fire-fighting foam, documentation is required to be submitted and there are measurements that should be taken for release, containment and disposal.
For manufacturers or distributors of rugs, carpets and food packaging, a certificate of compliance will be required to attest such products comply with the law, unless there is verification that it falls under exemptions provided for in this Act.
The effective date of this Act is July 1, 2022.
The UL Solutions ChemADVISOR® regulatory database is being updated to reflect the changes and will be available for the October 2022 release (2022-4).
Recommended Action Items
- Review your company’s products that are being sold in Maryland to determine if they contain intentionally added PFAS.
- Seek substitute ingredient(s) if your product(s) contain PFAS substances and ensure to establish a certificate of compliance for your product(s).