Safer Products for Washington

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Cycles 1.5 and 2 are underway

We are currently working on the following Safer Products for Washington cycles:

  • Cycle 1.5, phases 3 and 4: We've started rulemaking for Cycle 1.5. By June 1, 2024, we’ll publish a report to regulate PFAS in certain products — check out our draft 1.5 report
  • Cycle 2, phase 1: We're identifying priority chemicals and starting to think about products.

Learn more about the phases and cycles.

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Our Safer Products for Washington program works with the Department of Health to implement the Toxic Pollution Law (Chapter 70A.350 RCW). This law:

  • Reduces the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products by restricting or eliminating those chemicals when safer alternatives are available.
  • Creates a pathway to keep harmful chemicals out of the environment.
  • Authorizes us to regulate chemicals in consumer products in 5-year cycles.

How does this law work?

The law establishes an ongoing process for us to identify and regulate priority chemicals in 5-year cycles. Each cycle consists of the following four phases:

Four-phase implementation process for Safer Products for Washington.

The law established a process for us to:

  • Designate priority chemicals.
  • Identify consumer products that contain these chemicals.
  • Decide whether 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.

What cycle are we in?

There are two active Safer Products for Washington cycles — cycle 1.5 and cycle 2.

Cycle 1.5

In 2022, the Washington State Legislature asked us to create regulatory recommendations for some products that contain PFAS. In cycle 1.5, we’re looking at firefighting PPE (personal protective equipment) and other products from our 2021 PFAS chemical action plan (CAP), like apparel and gear, cleaning products, and motor vehicle washes and waxes.

We’ll submit our regulatory determinations report to the Legislature and then we’ll fully transition to rulemaking. A final rule will be in place by Dec. 2025.

Cycle 2

We’ll continue working on chemical classes and specific products from cycle 1.5 that require more research and look at 6PPD in motorized vehicle tires. We’ll submit a report to the Legislature that lists the chemicals and chemical classes we plan to focus on for cycle 2.

What rules have been adopted?

On May 31, 2023, we adopted Chapter 173-337 WAC – Safer Products Restrictions and Reporting. Under the new rule, manufacturers of consumer products are required to restrict or report:

  • PFAS in aftermarket stain- and water-resistance treatments, carpets and rugs, and leather and textile furnishings.
  • Ortho-phthalates in vinyl flooring and in personal care product fragrances.
  • Organohalogen flame retardants in electric and electronic products.
  • Flame retardants (as defined in RCW 70A.350.010) in recreational polyurethane foam.
  • Phenolic compounds in laundry detergent, food and drink can linings, and thermal paper.

The adopted rule goes into effect July 1, 2023. Some manufacturers, distributors, and retailers must comply with restrictions on some consumer products starting Jan. 1, 2025. Reporting parties must submit the first notification by Jan. 31, 2025.

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