Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (PDF) - Progressively takes effect
between September 2008 and August 2011, altering existing regulations
on children's products and the chemicals they contain. The regulation reduces allowable lead and restricts some phthalates, while making mandatory existing voluntary toy industry standards.
1879 - passed in September 2008 permits the California EPA
Department of Toxic Substances Control to form regulations that allow
for the identification and prioritization of certain chemicals.
509 - allows for an online database of chemicals for the purpose
of informing consumers, as well as keeping the public updated about
technical and substance-removal provisions of AB 1879.
1108 (PDF) - prohibits the manufacture, sale, or distribution of
certain toys or child care products if they contain phthalates in concentrations
higher than 0.1% and requires manufacturers to use the least toxic alternatives
to replace phthalates.
5650 and HB
5025 - passed in May 2008 requires state departments to identify
harmful chemicals and potential replacements; allows
Connecticut to join a multiple state clearinghouse for safe alternatives;
lowers acceptable lead levels in children’s products to 300 ppm
by July 2009 and 100 ppm by July 2011; and bans asbestos in products for
children under 16.
Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 45/1-45/17 - Illinois legislative amendment
prohibits the addition of lead to surfaces children either occupy or
may place in their mouths, including toys, jewelry, and furniture.
2048 - legislation passed in April 2008 calls for the compilation
of a list of harmful chemicals; allows the state government to share
information with other states; and allows the state to phase out certain
harmful chemicals when alternatives are available, effective, and affordable.
Law 296, 2007 - By 2008, no person may sell a mattress or mattress pad
or upholstered furniture that contains deca-BDE in the state of Maine.
By 2010, no person may sell a television or computer that is housed
in plastic containing deca-BDE in the state of Maine.
62 - legislation passed in 2008 prohibits the manufacture, sale, or distribution of specified lead-containing children’s
products by any means, including via the Internet.
174, HB 4132, & HB 4399 - legislation passed at the end of 2007
reduces the allowable amount of lead in toys, lunchboxes, children’s
jewelry, and childcare articles to 600 ppm. This limit applies to total
431, Sec. 261d. - All state agencies are to avoid purchasing mercury-containing
or mercury compound-containing products if alternatives are available
and cost effective.
596-A - This bill, passed into law in 2009, treats deca-BDE with the
same restrictive provisions that are allotted for penta- and octa-BDEs.
Vt. Acts & Resolves 171 - legislation passed in 2008 restricts
the sale of toys and childcare articles containing six phthalates, as
well as requires the manufacturers to use the least toxic alternatives
for the phthalates.
2008 Vt. Acts
& Resolves 193 - legislation passed in 2008 prohibits the sale
of any children’s product or jewelry containing lead. The legislation
also requires the phase out of wheel weights containing lead; requires
plumbing equipment, paints and primers, and building materials containing
lead to bear warning labels; and prohibits the sale of solder or flux
for plumbing that contains lead.
61, Chapter 80: Flame Retardants (PDF) - By July 1, 2010, no person shall
sell a mattress or mattress pad or upholstered furniture that contains
deca-BDE in the state of Vermont. By July 1, 2011, no person shall sell a
television or computer housed in plastic that contains deca-BDE in the state
V.S.A. 1511 - Passed in 2007, Vermont restricts certain phthalates in
all products and bans others from certain products, specifically childcare products
and toys that may be placed in the mouth of the child if concentrations are above
a certain level. Additionally, the law provides that manufacturers must replace
said phthalates with least toxic alternatives, and that no alternative to an
aforementioned phthalate may be registered with the U.S. EPA as a class A, B,
or C carcinogen.
2647 - Washington legislation passed in April 2008 limits the amount
of lead in toys to 90 ppm (and later to 40 ppm, if possible); cadmium
in toys to 40 ppm; six specific phthalates to 1,000 ppm in toys; and
allow for future limits to be set regarding children’s toys, jewelry
and cosmetics marketed to children under 12, products for teething babies,
and children care seats made or sold in Washington. All sections take
effect by July 2009, except the future lead reduction, which takes place
by July 2010, if possible.
65, 2007 Laws/ESHB1024 and Public Law - Beginning January 1, 2011, it
shall be illegal for any person to sell a mattress, mattress pad, upholstered
furniture, television, or computer that contains deca-BDE in the state
Wash. (ARCW) 70.240.020 - Passed in 2008, this Washington law limits
the amount of certain phthalates in all consumer products and restricts
the concentration of other phthalates in childcare products in toys.
Restrictions are similar to the CPSIA requirements, except that the
Washington law sets the limit at 0.1% by weight for all phthalates
combined, instead of 0.1% per phthalate. This law also limits the amount
of lead and cadmium in children's
products or the components of such products.