Safe Product Act requires reporting of chemicals on some children’s products

The Children’s Safe Products Act which went In effect this week and requires manufacturers of designated baby and toy products to report to the Washington State Depart of Ecology if a product contains one of 66 chemicals on the state’s list of chemicals which may not be safe for children.

The products include toys and other products which a child or baby would place in their mouth or would be next to a child’s skin.

The state’s list contains chemicals including Formaldehyde, aniline, n-Nitrosodimethylamine, n-Butanol, Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, Acetaldehyde, Menthylene chloride, Carbon disufide, Biesphenol A, to name a few.

These chemicals have been found to be either toxic or present in blood, breast milk, or tissue samples. While the presence of these chemicals does not necessarily mean they are harmful to children, the Law seeks to minimize the risk of exposure to children and the environment.

The Children’s Safe Product Act, also known as CSPA, and is set forth in Chapter 70.240 of the Revised Code of Washington. One section of the outlaw strictly prohibits the manufacture and sale of children’s product containing lead, cadmium or phthlates. In the past few years we have seen some children’s products, especially those manufactured in China, coming into the American market with these chemicals and they have been the subject of recalls.

The new reporting act that just went into effect requires manufacturer’s of children’s products that contain one of the 66 chemicals on the state’s list, to report the chemical, its purpose, and the amount used. If the reporting is not done, the manufacturer can be fined up to $5,000 for each violation. The law will be phased in over a period of time with manufacturers with gross sales of over a billion dollars to begin the reporting by next August.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured or sickened by defective or dangerous products. Washington’s product liability act takes a consumer-friendly approach for those injured by defective or dangerous products, allowing the injured to seek compensation via a civil action.

Source: Children’s Safe Products Act, Department of Ecology, State of Washington

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