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Assessment of Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products, 2019
Assessment of Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Products, 2019 (Number of pages: 21) (Publication Size: 436KB)
|Description||The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) frequently conducts product studies to confirm compliance with Washington State’s Children’s Safe Products Act (CSPA). Previous studies show both compliance and noncompliance with the reporting laws for Chemicals of High Concern to Children (CHCC). However, due to the complexities of the markets, we must continue to evaluate products for prohibited chemicals and reporting compliance.
In 2019, Ecology purchased 103 products for testing to study observed compliance gaps in both the presence and reporting of CHCCs in children’s products. The goals of the study were to assess the presence of CHCCs and restricted chemicals in children’s products and determine if there are compliance gaps in manufacturer reporting. This report assesses the presence of CHCCs and restricted chemicals in tested children’s products.
The metal antimony was found at or above 100 ppm in 72% (33 of 46) of the samples tested. Cobalt was detected above 100 ppm in 9% (4 of 46) of the samples tested. Mercury and arsenic were not found above 100 ppm in any of the samples. Diethyl phthalate (DEP) and Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) were found above 100 ppm in two separate samples. Additionally, multiple parabens were found in one of the samples sent for parabens testing.
Cadmium was detected above the CSPA restriction limit of 40 ppm in one sample. Other CSPA prohibited chemicals were detected below the CSPA restriction limits.
All results were submitted to Ecology’s CSPA compliance officer.
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|Contact||Prajwol Tuladhar at 564-669-1765 or Ptul461@ecy.wa.gov|
|Keywords||CHCCs, children's products, CSPA, chemicals of concern, product testing, toxics, toxic chemicals, metals, phthalates, Children's Safe Products Act, CHCC, parabens|
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