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Department of Ecology
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Safer Products for Washington

The Departments of Ecology and Health will use this site to share information and draft documents as we implement Chapter 70.365 RCW (Revised Code of Washington). Our implementation program for the law is called Safer Products for Washington.

Subscribe to the SaferProductsWA email list to receive updates and invitations for public comment. Contact us at SaferProductsWA@ecy.wa.gov.

Review our draft report on priority consumer products and submit a comment

Ecology and Health have published a draft report recommending priority consumer products for further research. During this phase, we are seeking public feedback on our draft report before sharing with the Legislature.

Review the full draft report, and submit your comments and suggestions. The public comment period is 45 days from January 18, 2020 through March 2, 2020.

Get involved with Safer Products for Washington

Attend Ecology and Health’s second webinar on February 19, 2020. Check back here for registration information soon.

We will review our recommended priority products, share information about the stakeholder input needed during this phase, and answer questions. Afterward, we will share presentation slides, the list of attendees, and questions and answers.

Safer Products for Washington background

Chapter 70.365 RCW creates a process for Ecology, in consultation with Health, to regulate classes of chemicals in consumer products. The law requires us to designate priority chemicals, identify products that contain these chemicals, determine regulatory actions, and adopt rules to implement regulatory actions. Chemical restrictions require that safer alternatives are feasible and available. The law outlines steps that involve stakeholder consultation, legislative reporting, and rulemaking.

The first set of priority chemical classes were identified in the law. They are:

  • Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances 
  • Phthalates
  • Organohalogen flame retardants and flame retardants identified in RCW 70.240.010 
  • Phenolic compounds
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls

The first five deadlines in the law are:

Due date  Task 
June 2020     Priority products – Report to the legislature
June 2020 Create a stakeholder advisory process
June 2022 Regulatory action determinations – Report to the legislature
June 2023 Rule adoption
June 2024 Second set of priority chemicals – Report to the legislature

Learn about our implementation process in our first webinar

Ecology and Health hosted a webinar on August 29, 2019 to explain the law and how we are working to implement the requirements. To learn more about our process, you can review the presentation slides, see the list of attendees, and read through the questions and answers.

Documents

 File NameFile SizeDescriptionCategoryDate Added
August_2019_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 1.4 MB August 2019 Webinar Presentation Slides
August 2019 Webinar Presentation Slides
Outreach 08/28/19 03:53 PM
August_2019_Webinar_Attendees.pdf 467.4 KB August 2019 Webinar Attendees
August 2019 Webinar Attendees
Outreach 08/30/19 03:54 PM
August_2019_Webinar_Questions_Answers.pdf 482.8 KB August 2019 Webinar Questions and Answers
August 2019 Webinar Questions and Answers
Outreach 09/10/19 03:57 PM
September_2019_Stakeholder_Email.pdf 596.9 KB September 2019 Stakeholder Update
September 2019 Stakeholder Update
Outreach 09/18/19 03:55 PM
January_2020_Stakeholder_Email.pdf 595.8 KB January 2020 Stakeholder Update
January 2020 Stakeholder Update
Outreach 01/21/20 03:38 PM
Draft_Report_Priority_Consumer_Products.pdf 1.5 MB Draft Report on Priority Consumer Products
Draft Report on Priority Consumer Products
Reports 01/21/20 03:40 PM

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