California Identifies The First Consumer Products For Assessment Under Its Safer Consumer Products Regulations

Association of Construction and Development
April 3, 2014 — 1,414 views  

A landmark decision implementing the Safer Consumer Products Law, was taken  on March 13, 2014. The California-based Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)  finally took the initiative of implementing the controversial law dubbed as the “Green Chemistry” initiative. The first phase of the safety program saw the identification of three consumer products categorized as “Priority Products” along with three chemicals that were targeted for official inspection.

According to reports, more products would be short-listed in the near future to be put under the scanner of DTSC, resulting in a possible reformulation or even a ban if found to be unfit after the assessment process. The regulatory program of the agency is still under process which gives the manufacturers and retailers of the consumer products sold in California to revamp their businesses to adhere to the Safer Consumer Products Program.

The three products zeroed in for the assessment program were selected from a candidate list of over 1100 chemicals and an unlimited number of consumer product varieties.

Children’s sleeping products containing TDCPP

Certain varieties of children’s sleeping mats were found to contain Chlorinated Tris, which is a flame retardant chemical. According to DTSC, it is listed under California’s Proposition 65, a law that dictates a consumer’s right to know.

Spray systems containing Diisocyanates

The spray systems used for building insulation and weather-proofing, were found to contain Diisocyanates, which is said to be a major cause of asthma in workmen exposed to it.

Paint removing solvent with Methylene Chloride

A lethal neurotoxin and a carcinogen, methylene chloride was found in paint strippers during an assessment by DTSC.

California under the aegis of DTSC will continue in identifying priority consumer products that need to be scrutinized for their harmful effects on the regular consumer. The regulations set in place by the DTSC will have to be followed by the manufacturers considering the huge potential and size of the Californian market. It is hoped that this safer Consumer Products program will trigger new safety regulations in the nation setting a new benchmark for the consumer products quality. There is speculation that the purpose of this program, nicknamed the “Green Chemistry Law”, is to indirectly promote alternative products or chemicals mandated by DTSC. However, It could prove to be another experiment wherein the burdensome regulatory process will limit consumer choices, escalate costs and ultimately give way to a marginal public safety benefits in relation to the excessive product costs.

Association of Construction and Development