The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has announced their first set of draft Priority Products as part of the Safer Consumer Products regulations. Being named a Priority Product, means the products are consumer goods that are solid in California and each contain at least one Candidate Chemical that have a hazard trait that can harm people or the environment. The three Priority Products and Candidate Chemicals are as follows: Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Systems containing unreacted diisocyanates, Children’s Foam Padded Sleeping Products containing TRIS phosphate or TDCPP, and Paint and varnish strippers and surface cleaners with methylene chloride.

If you manufacture, distribute or sell these products, you will be subject to an unprecedented information gathering exercise that could result in disclosure of confidential business information, a duty to reformulate your product, possible loss of market share and perhaps ultimately a ban on the sale of your product in the State of California.