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Washington State Chemical Update

Tuesday, December 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kathleen Chaplick

Washington State has passed a new law limiting the use of some chemicals in children’s products and residential upholstered furniture. Effective July 1, 2017, no manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer may manufacture, knowingly sell, offer for sale, distribute for sale or distribute for use products containing TCEP, TDCPP, DecaBDE, HBCD and additive TBBPA in amounts greater than one thousand parts per million (1,000 ppm) in any product component. Consumer and children’s electronic products are exempt from the new law. 


In passing the law, the Department of Health can consider whether six flame retardants meet the state’s criteria of a chemical of high concern for children and whether these chemicals should be regulated.  


The six flame retardants are:

  • TBB
  • TBPH
  • TCPP
  • TPP
  • V6

For regulatory authority including restrictions or prohibitions of use additional legislation and passage by the legislature is required.


If you have any questions or concerns please contact JPMA Executive Director, Kelly Mariotti.

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