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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 as we implement Chapter 70.365 RCW (Revised Code of Washington). Our working name for this law is “Safer Products for Washington.”

Subscribe to the SaferProductsWA email list to receive updates.  Contact us at SaferProductsWA@ecy.wa.gov

What is Safer Products for Washington?

 Chapter 70.365 RCW authorizes Ecology, in consultation with Health, to regulate classes of chemicals in consumer products. The law established a process where Ecology and Health designate priority chemicals, identify products that contain these chemicals, determine regulatory actions (notice requirements or chemical restrictions), and adopt rules to implement regulatory actions. Chemical restrictions require safer alternatives be feasible and available. Each of these steps involve stakeholder consultation and legislative reporting.

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 four deadlines in the law are:

Due date  Report to the Legislature 
 June 2020      Priority products 
 June 2022  Regulatory action determinations
 June 2023  Rule adoption
 June 2024  Second set of priority chemicals

Review information from our first webinar: How are we implementing this law?

Ecology and Health hosted a webinar on August 29th to explain the law and how we are working to implement the requirements. You can review the presentation slides, see the list of attendees, and read through the questions and answers.

How can I be involved?

  • Sign up on the SaferProductsWA email list for updates and invitations for review and comment.
  • Check this website for draft documents, agenda, information about our process and other information.
  • Comment on our process as we move forward. We will announce comment periods here and through the email list.
  • Contact us by emailing SaferProductsWA@ecy.wa.gov.

 File NameFile SizeDescriptionCategoryDate Added
Webinar082919slides.pdf 1.4 MB 082919 Slides
082919 Slides
None 08/28/19 06:13 PM
082919Attendees.pdf 427.9 KB 082919WebinarAttendees
None 08/30/19 04:05 PM
SPWA-WebinarQuestions082919.pdf 97.1 KB 082919WebinarQ&A
None 09/10/19 02:16 PM
Stakeholder Email_September 2019.pdf 558.6 KB Stakeholder Update September 2019
Stakeholder Update September 2019
None 09/18/19 03:59 PM

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