Washington | Public Consultation Open for Feedback on Toxic Chemicals Found in Consumer Products
In an effort to protect consumers and the environment from harmful substances, the Safer Products for Washington program has opened a public comment period regarding toxic chemicals found in consumer products. The program, which works in five-year cycles, aims to identify, regulate, and reduce the use of these chemicals while promoting transparency in product ingredients.
The recently announced regulations on various classes of toxic chemicals highlight the importance of ensuring consumer safety. Unlike many products on the market, most consumer goods are not subjected to safety testing before being made available for purchase. As a result, these toxic chemicals can escape into our homes, workplaces, and schools, posing risks to both human health and the environment.
The current cycle of the Safer Products for Washington program focuses on the identification of toxic chemicals of utmost concern and the consumer products that serve as significant sources of these substances. The subsequent step involves determining the necessary regulations to address the usage of these chemicals effectively.
To foster an inclusive approach, the program invites the public to participate in the consultation process and provide their feedback. The public comment period, which opened on June 22, will run through July 14. During this time, individuals are encouraged to review the draft report, which outlines the chemicals identified for study in the upcoming cycle.
For those seeking additional information, a webinar is scheduled for June 21. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the chemicals outlined in the report and have their questions addressed by program representatives.MORE INFO ON: ecology.wa.gov