Washington's toxics in products laws
Washington is a leader in reducing and eliminating the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products, such as:
We oversee and implement the following laws.
Washington consumer safety laws that reduce toxic exposure
Antifouling boat paint (copper boat paint) law
Chapter 70A.445 RCW
Phases out the use of copper-based antifouling boat paints for recreational boats.
Better Brakes law
Chapter 70A.340 RCW
Phases out the use of copper in vehicle brakes and requires manufacturers to certify that brakes comply with the law.
Bisphenol A (BPA) law
Chapter 70A.335 RCW
Bans BPA in children’s bottles, sports bottles, and other drinking products.
Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA)
Chapter 70A.430 RCW
Regulates lead, cadmium, phthalates, and other chemicals in children's products. CSPA also requires manufacturers to report on Chemicals of High Concern to Children.
Lead wheel weight law
Chapter 70A.435 RCW
Bans the use of lead wheel weights during tire installation and requires they be recycled.
Chapter 70A.230 RCW
Bans mercury in thermometers, instruments, toys, and automotive switches. It also establishes the:
- Mercury disposal education plan (Chapter 70A.230.030 RCW), also known as the Mercury Education Reduction Act (MERA).
- LightRecycle Washington program to collect and recycle fluorescent lights.
Safer Products for Washington
Chapter 70A.350 RCW
Provides authority to restrict the use of chemicals in consumer products when safer alternatives are available, or to require manufacturers to report chemicals in products.
Toxics in firefighting law
(Chapter 70A.400 RCW)
Prohibits the use and sale of aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) in training activities and requires manufacturers and vendors to notify buyers if their personal protective equipment contains per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).