The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) has issued a proposed rule that would require manufactures of children’s products intended for sale in the state to report the amount and intended use of 59 listed chemicals in their products. The proposed rule was required by the 2008 Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA), which mandates that DOE and the state’s Department of Health develop the list of chemicals that must be reported. CSPA also limited the amount of lead, cadmium and phthalates permissible in children’s products sold in the state after July 1, 2009.
Under the proposed rule, reporting would begin in 2012 for manufacturers with gross sales of more than $1 billion. Other manufacturers would be required to report based on a phased-in schedule set forth in the proposed rule, which has also established fines and other penalties for failure to report. DOE will accept comments on the proposed rule until December 31, 2010. See Washington State Department of Ecology Press Release, October 25, 2010.