Washington's toxics in products laws

Washington state is a leader in reducing and eliminating the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products. We oversee and implement many of these laws.


Washington consumer safety laws that reduce toxic exposure

  • Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA)
    • Regulates lead, cadmium, phthalates, and certain flame retardant chemicals allowed in children's products.
    • Requires manufacturers to report on Chemicals of High Concern to Children.
  • Toxics in Packaging
    • Regulates lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium used in packaging.
    • The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse has sample certificates of compliance and describes the test procedure labs should perform to determine compliance.
  • PFAS in food packaging
    • Requires an assessment of alternatives to PFAS in food packaging.
    • If safer alternatives are available, bans PFAS in food packaging in 2022.
  • Toxics in firefighting
    • Prohibits the use of fluorinated firefighting foams in training activities.
    • Requires manufacturers and vendors of firefighting personal protective equipment to notify buyers of products containing per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
    • Phases out the sale of fluorinated firefighting foams with some exceptions.
  • Better Brakes
    • Phases out the use of copper in vehicle brakes.
    • Bans asbestos, hexavalent chromium, mercury, cadmium, and lead beginning in 2015.
    • Requires manufacturers to certify that brakes comply with the law.
  • Copper boat paint
  • Lead wheel weights
    • Bans the use of lead wheel weights during tire installation.
  • BPA (bisphenol A)
    • Bans BPA in children’s bottles and other drinking products.
    • Bans BPA in sports bottles.
  • Coal tar sealant
    • Bans sale of coal tar sealants.
  • PBDEs (flame retardants)
    • Bans the use of PBDEs in:
      • Mattresses
      • Residential furniture
      • Electronics
  • Mercury Education and Reduction Act
    • Bans mercury in thermometers, instruments, toys, and automotive switches.
  • Mercury lights
    • Prohibits improper disposal of fluorescent tubes, CFLs, and other mercury-containing lights.
    • Establishes the LightRecycle Washington program to collect and recycle fluorescent lights.
  • Safer Products for Washington
    • Provides authority to restrict the use of chemicals in consumer products when safer alternatives are available, or to require manufacturer reporting of chemicals in products.
    • Implemented in four major phases in a repeating, five-year cycle.