State and Local Laws
Toxic Chemical Safety Bills
Safe Cosmetics Act: Manufactures must disclose to the State product ingredients listed on state or federal registries that cause cancer or birth defects. It requires cosmetic companies to provide ingredient health and safety information. (2007)
Proposition 65: Requires the governor to annually publish a list of chemicals suspected of causing cancer and other health effects. The product must have the following warning label to warn consumers of health effects:
WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
(1986, list updated annually)
An Act to Protect Children’s Health and the Environment from Toxic Chemicals: Prohibit sales of children’s products containing unsafe chemicals. (2008)
Children’s Safe Product Act: Requires companies to report if their children’s products contain chemicals hazardous to health and enacts strict standards or levels of lead, cadmium, and phthalates in children’s toys. (2008)
Connecticut: Banned BPA containing reusable food and beverage containers, infant formula cans, and baby food cans and jars (2009).
Suffolk County, NY: Banned BPA containing baby bottles and cups intended for children under three (2009).
City of Chicago: Banned BPA containing baby bottles and sippy cups (2009).
Minnesota: Banned BPA containing baby bottles and sippy cups (2009).
California: Senate voted to ban BPA in food and beverage containers for children under 3 (2009).
Vermont: Banned PBDEs (2009).
Washington State: Banned PBDEs for use in electronics and household consumer products (2007).
Maine: Banned deca, a type of PBDE, for use in furniture, mattresses and electronics. (2007)
Federal Government: U.S. ban on manufacturing of octa and penta PBDEs, however products containing them may be imported and sold in the U.S. (2005)
European Union: banned penta and octa in household consumer products, banned deca banned in electronics.
California: Banned the sale of products containing phthalates intended for children under three. (2007)
Washington: Restricts the use of phthalates in children’s products under the Act to Protect Children’s Health. (2008)