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Department of Ecology
Committees, Boards, and Workgroups

Safer Products for Washington

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 updates on our Phase 3 work in our product webinar materials

The Safer Products for WA team hosted six interactive webinars between May and August 2021 focused on individual product categories. We shared our progress identifying safer alternatives that are feasible and available and outlined potential regulatory determinations. Stakeholders shared meaningful input during the discussions, and we are using it to write our draft report on regulatory determinations.

Reach out to our team (SaferProductsWA@ecy.wa.gov) as soon as possible if you have questions, input, or feedback to share as we prepare draft regulatory determinations for each product category.

Furnishings

Laundry detergent

Paints

Thermal paper

Recreational polyurethane foam

Food and drink cans

Aftermarket stain- and water-resistance treatments

Personal care and beauty products

Vinyl flooring

Carpets and rugs

Electric and electronic equipment

Printing inks

Review our working draft criteria for safer, feasible, and available

We outlined our Phase 3 approach during our October 2020 webinar presentation. In February 2021, we shared our working draft criteria for safer and draft criteria for feasible and available to give stakeholders another chance to share input. See how stakeholder feedback contributed to changes in our approach and find more details in our March 2021 webinar presentation and in the questions and answers from the webinar.

Here are ways to provide input on our Phase 3 work:

We are using these draft criteria to determine whether a potential alternative to a priority chemical class is safer than the existing process, feasible for use in the priority product, and available on the market. These criteria describe a required part of the work we will complete as we make regulatory determinations.

Orders for information from manufacturers

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.

Stakeholder advisory process

The law requires us to develop a stakeholder advisory process by June 1, 2020. We have been working to 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.

Safer Products for Washington background

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 70.240.010 
  • 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

Related information and projects

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.

Documents

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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
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
Outreach 01/30/20 03:57 PM
February_2020_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 4.8 MB February 2020 Webinar Presentation Slides
February 2020 Webinar Presentation Slides
Outreach 02/24/20 02:09 PM
February_2020_Webinar_Questions_Answers.pdf 166.5 KB February 2020 Webinar Questions and Answers
February 2020 Webinar Questions and Answers
Outreach 02/25/20 04:08 PM
February_2020_Webinar_Attendees.pdf 132.4 KB February 2020 Webinar Attendees
February 2020 Webinar Attendees
Outreach 02/26/20 12:23 PM
Stakeholder_Engagement _Process.pdf 490.7 KB Stakeholder Engagement Process
Stakeholder Engagement Process
Outreach 03/31/20 03:29 PM
May_2020_Stakeholder_Email.pdf 191.7 KB May 2020 Stakeholder Update
May 2020 Stakeholder Update
Outreach 05/13/20 02:49 PM
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
August 2020 Webinar Presentation Slides
Outreach 08/25/20 08:33 AM
August_2020_Webinar_Attendees.pdf 148.3 KB August 2020 Webinar Attendees
August 2020 Webinar Attendees
Outreach 09/09/20 02:34 PM
October_2020_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 6.5 MB October 2020 Webinar Presentation
October 2020 Webinar Presentation
Outreach 10/09/20 01:40 PM
October_2020_Webinar_Attendees.pdf 173.6 KB October 2020 Webinar Attendees
October 2020 Webinar Attendees
Outreach 10/28/20 03:25 PM
Phase_3_Webinar_Questions_Answers.pdf 199.2 KB Phase 3 Webinars — Questions and Answers
Phase 3 Webinars — Questions and Answers
Outreach 11/18/20 01:54 PM
CBI_Process_SaferProductsWA.pdf 917.9 KB Process for Confidential Business Information requ...
Process for Confidential Business Information requests
Orders 12/29/20 11:56 AM
SaferProductsWA_CBI_Request_Template.pdf 581.7 KB Template for Confidential Business Information req...
Template for Confidential Business Information requests
Orders 12/29/20 11:58 AM
ExcelTemplate_CompletingVinylFlooringOrder.xlsx 95.1 KB Template for completing the Vinyl Flooring Admin O...
Template for completing the Vinyl Flooring Admin Order
Orders 12/29/20 12:00 PM
Guidance_CompletingVinylFlooringOrder.pdf 903.3 KB Guidance for completing the Vinyl Flooring Admin O...
Guidance for completing the Vinyl Flooring Admin Order
Orders 12/29/20 12:01 PM
SaferProductsWA_WorkingDraftCriteria_Safer.pdf 1.5 MB Working draft criteria for safer
Working draft criteria for safer
Phase 3 Implementati... 02/23/21 02:26 PM
SaferProductsWA_WorkingDraftCriteria_FeasibleAvailable.pdf 1 MB Working draft criteria for feasible and available
Working draft criteria for feasible and available
Phase 3 Implementati... 02/23/21 02:27 PM
February2021_StakeholderUpdate.pdf 667.1 KB February 2021 Stakeholder Update
February 2021 Stakeholder Update
Outreach 02/23/21 03:03 PM
March_2021_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 6 MB March 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
March 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
Outreach 03/10/21 04:16 PM
March_2021_Webinar_Attendees.pdf 492.4 KB March 2021 Webinar Attendees
March 2021 Webinar Attendees
Outreach 03/15/21 01:31 PM
March_2021_Webinar_Questions_Answers.pdf 761 KB March 2021 Webinar Questions and Answers
March 2021 Webinar Questions and Answers
Outreach 03/15/21 01:40 PM
May_2021_Webinar_Attendees.pdf 130.7 KB May 2021 Webinar Attendees
May 2021 Webinar Attendees
Outreach 06/02/21 08:54 AM
May_2021_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 5.6 MB May 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
May 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
Outreach 06/02/21 09:42 AM
May_2021_Webinar_Questions_Answers.pdf 1 MB May 2021 Webinar Questions and Answers
May 2021 Webinar Questions and Answers
Outreach 06/02/21 09:45 AM
June_2021_Webinar_Attendees.pdf 128.2 KB June 2021 Webinar Attendees
June 2021 Webinar Attendees
Outreach 07/06/21 01:16 PM
June_2021_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 5.2 MB June 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
June 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
Outreach 07/06/21 01:16 PM
June_2021_Webinar_Questions_Answers.pdf 865.3 KB June 2021 Webinar Questions and Answers
June 2021 Webinar Questions and Answers
Outreach 07/06/21 01:38 PM
July_13_2021_Webinar_Attendees.pdf 562.5 KB July 13, 2021 Webinar Attendees
July 13, 2021 Webinar Attendees
Outreach 07/27/21 12:20 PM
July_13_2021_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 5.2 MB July 13, 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
July 13, 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
Outreach 07/27/21 12:21 PM
July_13_2021_Webinar_Questions_Answers.pdf 1.1 MB July 13, 2021 Webinar Questions and Answers
July 13, 2021 Webinar Questions and Answers
Outreach 07/28/21 02:16 PM
July_27_2021_Webinar_Attendees.pdf 565.4 KB July 27, 2021 Webinar Attendees
July 27, 2021 Webinar Attendees
Outreach 08/19/21 02:42 PM
July_27_2021_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 5.7 MB July 27, 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
July 27, 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
Outreach 08/19/21 02:45 PM
August_17_2021_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 4.2 MB August 17, 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
August 17, 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
Outreach 09/16/21 10:05 AM
August_17_2021_Webinar_Attendees.pdf 496.7 KB August 17, 2021 Webinar Attendees
August 17, 2021 Webinar Attendees
Outreach 09/16/21 10:06 AM
August_31_2021_Webinar_Attendees.pdf 549.2 KB August 31, 2021 Webinar Attendees
August 31, 2021 Webinar Attendees
Outreach 09/16/21 10:48 AM
August_31_2021_Webinar_Presentation.pdf 6.4 MB August 31, 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
August 31, 2021 Webinar Presentation Slides
Outreach 09/16/21 10:48 AM

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