Washington's Children's Safe Products Act limits the use of lead, cadmium, phthalates, and some flame retardants in children's products. It also requires manufacturers to report if their products contain chemicals of high concern to children.
Protecting children from toxic chemicals
In 2008, Washington's Legislature passed the Children's Safe Products Act. This law:
- Limits the use of lead, cadmium, and six phthalates in children's products sold in Washington.
- Limits five flame retardants in children’s products and residential upholstered furniture.
- Requires manufacturers to report if their children's products contain any chemical on the list of Chemicals of High Concern to Children.
Requiring manufacturers to report chemical use
In 2011, Ecology adopted the Children's Safe Products Reporting Rule. This rule:
- Defines the list of chemicals manufacturers must report.
- Establishes what manufacturers of children's products must do to comply with the reporting requirements.
- Clarifies the enforcement processes we will use if manufacturers fail to report.
In 2017, Ecology amended the Reporting Rule. Updates included:
- Clarified rule language.
- Set an annual reporting date more consistent with other states.
- Added 22 chemicals to the required reporting list and removed three.
Enforcing the requirements
We test products to ensure manufacturers follow limits on restricted-use chemicals and report accurate information about chemicals in their children's products. We also test products to make sure manufacturers comply with other laws regulating chemicals such as Bisphenol A (BPA), toxic metals in packaging, and copper in vehicle brake pads.
See a full list of Washington's toxics in products laws.