On March 13, the California Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC) announced the three initial, draft "priority products" for possible consideration under its recently finalized Safer Consumer Products Regulations. The following three covered products are all considered “consumer goods” that are sold in California, and each contains at least one chemical DTSC defines as toxic:
1. Paint and Varnish Strippers and Surface Cleaners with Methylene Chloride;
2. Children’s Foam Padded Sleeping Products containing Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP); and
3. Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Systems containing Unreacted Diisocyanates
ACA and its California Paint Council (CPC) have engaged DTSC over the many years it has taken to develop the agency’s initial proposal. During that time, ACA has endeavored to offer insight on ways in which the goals of the effort could move forward more effectively. The final regulations developed by DTSC are particularly burdensome and problematic for many in the regulated community, ACA believes, and for DTSC as well.
DTSC’s declaration will now provide stakeholders an opportunity to evaluate the practical implementation of these regulations. ACA will be working with its members to address any impacts arising from the current proposal.
Announced at a March 13 news conference in Sacramento, the proposed list sets in motion a process designed to encourage manufacturers to find alternative, safer materials for their products.
“We are not announcing a ban,’’ Debbie Raphael, director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, said. “We are starting a conversation with manufacturers to answer that critical question: Are the chemicals necessary?’’
DTSC will hold workshops in May and June throughout California, specifically:
- May 7 in Sacramento
- May 28 in Oakland
- Date TBD in Los Angeles
The final version for the priority products will be released within the year.
Regarding paint strippers, ACA notes that paint strippers containing methylene chloride are clearly marked with important and detailed consumer use warnings, including cancer risk statements that were developed and advanced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 1987 (see http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/1987/Statement-Of-Policy-For-Methylene-Chloride/).