On August 28, 2013, California’s Office of Administrative Law approved the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC’s) landmark Safer Consumer Products Regulations. These bold regulations are an integral part of the state’s Green Chemistry Initiative to accelerate the use of safer products through a science-based process that evaluates chemicals of concern and identifies safer alternatives. The four primary steps in this process include the following:
Establishment of a Candidate Chemicals list, which will initially include approximately 230 chemicals based on the work of global authoritative organizations. These include carcinogens, reproductive toxins, mutagenic toxins, neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors, toxic air contaminants, and water pollutants. This list is expected to grow to 1,200 chemicals.
Designation of Priority Product/Candidate Chemicals combinations (Priority Products) by DTSC that will require the assessment of safer alternatives. Examples of such possible priority products that have been discussed are formaldehyde-based hair straighteners, nail polish, carpet adhesive, and furniture seating foam.
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