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CPSIA Flame Retardant Regulations

By Crystal Johnson

Proposed Amendment to CPSIA to include Flame Retardants

The US House of Representatives has introduced a bill to amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The proposal is to amend the CPSIA to ban flame retardant chemicals from being used in resilient filling materials in children's products. The limit proposed for flame retardant chemicals is 1000 parts per million (ppm). This would impact products manufactured one year after the amendment is enacted. The bill further defines and lists products that would be impacted by the regulation, which includes products such as high chairs, strollers, car seats, playards, changing pads, floor play mats, bassinets and nursing pads, infant mattresses, infant mattress pads, walkers, swings and bouncers. Some of the specific flame retardants would likely include TCEP, TDCPP, TCPP, and PBDEs. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr2934ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr2934ih.pdf. ATS routinely performs flame retardant testing.

Effective Now! California Proposition 65 List Includes Dose Level for Butyl Benzyl Phthalate (BBP)

The Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) for the phthalate butyl benzyl (BBP) became effective on October 1, 2013. The current established MADL is 1,200 micrograms per day (this is an oral exposure limit). The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added BBP to the list back in December 2005 when it was identified as a developmental toxin. Products containing BBP with exposure above 1,200 micrograms per day will need to adhere to the warning label requirements enforced by OEHHA. To review the entire notice visit the following website: http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/law/070113BenzylButylMADL.html. ATS performs BBP testing as part of our routine phthalate analysis and partners with a risk assessment firm to determine if the content exceeds the MADL.

Effective Now! California Department of Toxic Substances Control - Safer Consumer Product Regulation

On October 1, 2013 the Safer Consumer Product regulation became effective, which was established by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). Reduction of toxic chemicals in consumer products is the main purpose of this regulation. The current candidate list includes 1,200 chemicals and DTSC is in the process of identifying other chemicals. The regulation consists of a four step process to minimize consumer’s exposure to toxic chemicals in products. To review the entire DTSC requirement for Safer Products visit the following website: http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/SCP/ChemList.cfm.

TDCPP added to Washington State List

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 the Washington State Department of Ecology announced the addition of a flame retardant, TDCPP, to the list for Chemicals of High Concern to Children. This addition to the list means that manufacturers must report the use of TDCPP to the state of Washington. With the addition of TDCPP, the list now contains 67 Chemicals of High Concern to Children. To review the full reporting requirements please visit the following: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/swfa/cspa/chcc.html. ATS routinely performs TDCPP testing with a detection limit of 1 part per million (ppm).

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