Safer Products for Washington

We're working with the Department of Health to implement a new law designed to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in products by restricting or eliminating those toxics when safer alternatives are available. 

Substitute Senate Bill 5135, also known as the Pollution Prevention for Healthy People and Puget Sound Act, creates a new way to keep harmful chemicals out of the environment. Our program that implements the law is called Safer Products for Washington.

What does this law do?

The law authorizes us to regulate classes of chemicals in consumer products. It also identifies the first five priority chemical classes. 

Four-phase implementation process for Safer Products for Washington. (See a text version of this timeline.)

The law established a process for us and the Department of Health to:

  • Designate priority chemicals.
  • Identify products that contain these chemicals.
  • Decide whether or not to regulate those chemical-product combinations by requiring reporting or chemical restrictions.
  • Adopt rules to implement those regulatory actions.

Chemical restrictions require that safer alternatives are feasible and available. Each of these steps involve stakeholder consultation and legislative reporting.

How can I participate?

We welcome your participation. For information on this process, and to stay informed about opportunities for review and input:

Story map about safer products

Check out our story map about making consumer products safer. A "story map" is an online application that combines text with graphics, maps, and other multimedia to share information. Below are a few images of the story map.

Frequently asked questions

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