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NY State Proposes Regulations Relating to Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products

March 16, 2015

The State of New York has proposed three bills to regulate toxic chemicals in children’s products. These bills are modeled after the chemical policies of the states of Washington, California, Maine and Vermont and are intended to prevent the use of dangerous chemicals and ensure the use of safer chemical alternatives in children's products.

  • Senate Bill 2408 requires manufacturers to report the intentional use of designated priority chemicals in children's products and, beginning January 1, 2020, prohibits the sale of children’s products containing priority chemicals, with provisions.Under this bill, the following substances are designated as priority chemicals: tris (2chloroethyl) phosphate; benzene; lead and compounds (inorganic); mercury and mercury compounds, including methyl mercury; molybdenum and molybdenum compounds; antimony and antimony compounds; arsenic and arsenic compounds, including arsenic trioxide anddimethyl arsenic; cadmium; and cobalt and cobalt compounds.

This bill would take effect 120 days after being signed into law.

  • Senate Bill 4102 and Assembly Bill 5612 are companion bills that require manufacturers to report the intentional use of designated priority chemicals in children's products and, beginning January 1, 2018, prohibits the sale of children’s products containing priority chemicals, with provisions.Under these bills, the following substances are designated as priority chemicals: tris (1, 3 dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate; benzene; lead and compounds (inorganic); mercury and mercury compounds including methyl mercury; antimony and antimony compounds; formaldehyde; asbestos; arsenic and arsenic compounds including arsenic trioxide and dimethyl arsenic; cadmium; and cobalt and cobalt compounds.

These bills would take effect 120 days after being signed into law.

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