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Department of Ecology
Committees, Boards, and Workgroups

Safer Products for Washington

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The Departments of Ecology and Health will use this site to share information and draft documents as we implement Chapter 70A.350 Revised Code of Washington (formerly Chapter 70.365 RCW). 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.

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Get involved in the rule development process

Publishing the Phase 3 report (see more below) means we’re diving into the rule development process. The process involves a series of steps to develop rules to implement the regulatory actions we outlined. It’s crucial that our stakeholders and the public continue to stay involved and engage with us as we work on the details of these rules.

Timeline for rulemaking from input to shape the draft rule to rule adoption

Share your feedback on the preliminary draft rule language

As we complete the economic analysis, stakeholders and the public are welcome to continue sharing feedback on the Preliminary Draft Rule Language covering all our product categories. You can also view comments we received from others on the preliminary draft language.

To review the compliance schedules, concentration limits, and resources we used to shape the draft requirements, start with the Preliminary Draft Rule Language Overview. In the preliminary draft, we included questions for reviewers, but we encourage you to provide feedback on any element of the draft rule. You can share feedback with us in multiple ways, including:

Upcoming input opportunities

Share feedback to shape the future of Safer Products for Washington's work! Watch this stakeholder page for January 2023 public hearing dates coming soon.

In the meantime, please email the team to share:

  • Ideas or resources for us to consider when identifying priority chemical classes.
  • Potential alternatives to PFAS in apparel and gear, nonstick cookware and kitchen supplies, personal care products, cleaning products, car waxes and washes, floor waxes, hard surface sealants or ski waxes.

Sharing the Final Regulatory Determinations Report

With our partners at the Department of Health, we published the final Report to the Legislature on Regulatory Determinations as part of Phase 3 in implementing the Safer Products for Washington program. Our team looks forward to continuing the dialogue with our stakeholders and Washington communities as we develop rules to implement the regulatory actions we outlined.

We made a number of changes to integrate feedback from our stakeholders and communities. Read how we incorporated feedback in our comment overview. If interested, you can view comments from other stakeholders on the draft report. To hear a summary of the results from our public comment survey, watch our video covering the highlights (also available in Spanish). For more details, check out our infographic (also available in Spanish) and blog post covering the results. You can also review the complete, unedited responses to the survey.

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Part of our work to determine regulatory actions involves requesting information from manufacturers about their products. We request this information using Administrative Orders. While we must use an “order” to request the information, we want to emphasize that these orders are not associated with any manufacturer being out of compliance.

The information manufacturers must provide through these orders will help us assess the current presence of priority chemicals or chemical classes in priority products. If you manufacture a priority product included in our report to the Legislature, we may contact you to provide information about your use of priority chemicals. Manufacturers have six months to collect and submit the information to us, and they can request that we keep the information they submit confidential. Please reach out to us at SaferProductsWA@ecy.wa.gov if you have questions about the process for these orders.

Order for ortho-phthalates in vinyl flooring data

We ordered information from vinyl flooring manufacturers on the presence of ortho-phthalates in vinyl flooring sold in Washington. Find more details about what information we asked manufacturers for and what they provided in our overview of the vinyl flooring manufacturer data

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The law requires us to develop a stakeholder advisory process by June 1, 2020. We engage interested parties at every major stage in our implementation process. We aim for transparency and to involve our stakeholders in decisions affecting their lives and businesses. To learn more about our progress to date, read our stakeholder engagement process (updated November 2021).

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Chapter 70A.350 RCW (formerly 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 (PFAS) 
  • Phthalates
  • Organohalogen flame retardants and flame retardants identified in RCW 70A.430 
  • Phenolic compounds
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

The first set of priority products we identified in our 2020 priority products report are below. You can also view the comments we received on the priority products report

  • Flame retardants
    • Electric and electronic equipment
    • Recreational polyurethane foam
  • PCBs
    • Paints and printing inks
  • PFAS
    • Carpet and rugs
    • Aftermarket stain and water resistance treatments
    • Leather and textile furnishings
  • Phenolic compounds 
    • Laundry detergent (alkylphenol ethoxylates)
    • Thermal paper (bisphenols)
    • Food and drink cans (bisphenols)
  • Phthalates
    • Vinyl flooring
    • Personal care products

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

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ADA Accessibility: The Department of Ecology is committed to providing people with disabilities access to information and services by meeting or exceeding the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Washington State Policy #188. To request an ADA accommodation, contact Ecology by phone at 360-999-7566 or email at hwtrpubs@ecy.wa.gov. For Washington Relay Service or TTY call 711 or 877-833-6341. Visit Ecology’s website for more information.

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August_2019_Webinar_Questions_Answers.pdf 482.8 KB August 2019 Webinar Questions and Answers
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September_2019_Stakeholder_Email.pdf 596.9 KB September 2019 Stakeholder Update
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January_2020_Stakeholder_Email.pdf 595.8 KB January 2020 Stakeholder Update
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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
Focus_On_Safer_Products_for_Washington.pdf 594.6 KB January 2020 Focus on: Safer Products for WA
January 2020 Focus on: Safer Products for WA
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February_2020_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 4.8 MB February 2020 Webinar Presentation Slides
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February_2020_Webinar_Questions_Answers.pdf 166.5 KB February 2020 Webinar Questions and Answers
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Stakeholder_Engagement _Process.pdf 490.7 KB Stakeholder Engagement Process
Stakeholder Engagement Process
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May_2020_Stakeholder_Email.pdf 191.7 KB May 2020 Stakeholder Update
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Priority Consumer Products – Report to the Legislature.pdf 1.9 MB Report on Priority Consumer Products
Report on Priority Consumer Products
Reports 07/07/20 09:43 AM
August_2020_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 4.3 MB August 2020 Webinar Presentation Slides
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Phase_3_Webinar_Questions_Answers.pdf 199.2 KB Phase 3 Webinars — Questions and Answers
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CBI_Process_SaferProductsWA.pdf 917.9 KB Process for Confidential Business Information requ...
Process for Confidential Business Information requests
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Template for Confidential Business Information requests
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ExcelTemplate_CompletingVinylFlooringOrder.xlsx 95.1 KB Template for completing the Vinyl Flooring Admin O...
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SaferProductsWA_WorkingDraftCriteria_Safer.pdf 1.5 MB Working draft criteria for safer
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February2021_StakeholderUpdate.pdf 667.1 KB February 2021 Stakeholder Update
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March_2021_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 6 MB March 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
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Updated2021_Stakeholder_Engagement_Process.pdf 530.7 KB Stakeholder Engagement Process (updated Nov. 2021)
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PrintingInks_ManufacturerData.pdf 199 KB Results from Printing Inks Product Testing for PCB...
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January2022_PublicInputMeeting_Presentation.pdf 3.2 MB January 2022 Webinar Presentation Slides
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VinylFlooring_ManufacturerData.pdf 182.2 KB Vinyl Flooring Manufacturer Data
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Orders 01/25/22 09:55 AM
January_2022_Webinar_Questions_Answers.pdf 180.5 KB January 2022 Webinar Questions and Answers
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Outreach 01/31/22 12:32 PM
January_2022_Webinar_Attendees.pdf 187.8 KB January 2022 Webinar Attendees
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2022_CompleteSurveyResponses.pdf 304.9 KB Public and Community Survey Responses
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RegulatoryDeterminations_CommentOverview_2022.pdf 223.5 KB Comment Overview Regulatory Determinations Report ...
Comment Overview Regulatory Determinations Report 2022
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Rulemaking 08/09/22 04:48 PM
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ElectricAndElectronicProducts_DraftResource_August2022.pdf 815.1 KB Draft Resource for Electric and Electronics Manufa...
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August_2022_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 2.7 MB August 2022 Webinar Presentation
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PFAS_CAP_Products_September_2022_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 3.6 MB September 2022 PFAS CAP Products Webinar Presentat...
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