The Safer Consumer Products (SCP) regulations took effect Oct. 1, 2013.
DTSC selected these priority products because they contain at least one of more than 1,100 toxic chemicals identified as having potential to cause significant harm. Also, these products are widely used and thus represent significant potential for excessive public exposure to chemicals in question.
Let's get specific. The three products are:
- Children's foam padded sleeping products containing TDCPP (chlorinated Tris), a flame retardant and carcinogen under California's Proposition 65 law. Children and infants are especially vulnerable to its carcinogenic and other chronic health effects
- Spray Polyurethane foam systems containing unreacted diisocyanates. SPF systems are used for home and building insulation, weatherization, sealing and roofing. Diisocyanates can irritate the respiratory tract, cause asthma and cancer and are known skin irritants. They are a leading cause of occupational asthma
- Paint stripper containing Methylene Chloride. Methylene chloride is an acute neurotoxin and is carcinogenic. Since 2000, multiple worker deaths have occurred as a result of exposure to stripping agents containing methylene chloride
That's a pleasant Californian way of saying, "We'll publicly bring you down if you don't get the carcinogen out of this product, moron!"
I mean, in the Boston area we're a little more direct about some things (not about everything, just some things).
Process of elimination
A presentation from the SCP on these Priority Products will be included at DTSC's quarterly meeting that will be held on Saint Patrick's Day, today, Monday, March 17 at 9 a.m. in Byron Sher Auditorium in the California EPA building, 1001 I St., Sacramento. The public can learn more about the selection of the priority products.
For more information, visit www.dtsc.ca.gov/scp/index.cfm