Under the California Safer Consumer Products Regulations, California is carrying out a process of identifying chemicals of concern in products, requiring the evaluation of safer alternatives, and implementing regulations that promote reducing exposures to hazardous chemical-product combinations. The SCPR established a two-phase alternatives analysis process that requires manufacturers guides companies through steps to evaluate alternatives. The overall goal is safer alternatives and no regrettable substitutions. The CA Dept of Toxic Substances Control recently released its first three priority products under the SCPR:
-Children’s foam padded sleeping products containing the flame retardant TDCPP (chlorinated tris)
-Spray polyurethane foam systems containing unreacted diisocyanates (used in home insulation), and
-Paint and varnish strippers containing methylene chloride
Starting with these three initial “priority products”, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control has initiated a process that launches a new framework for chemicals management and toxics exposure reduction in our homes, workplaces and environment.
Presenter: Karl Palmer, California Department of Toxic Substances
Karl Palmer works in the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Safer Products and Workplaces Program where he is responsible for DTSC’s efforts to implement the department’s Safer Consumer Products regulations. These regulations establish a process to identify and prioritize hazardous chemicals in consumer products and to establish a process for evaluating options for safer alternatives. Karl’s team also administers DTSC’s other toxics in products laws and helps lead the Department’s efforts to expand pollution prevention practices, green chemistry strategies and sustainability initiatives throughout California