Washington State Approved the Children's
Safe Products Act
The Governor of Washington state,
Chris Gregoire, has signed to approve the legislation "The Children's
Safe Products Act" (House Bill 2647). Governor Gregoire has requested
the drafting of administrative rules to clarify some provisions of the
Additionally, Governor Gregoire has
also instructed the state Department of Ecology to:
- Prepare expedited rules to clarify
that the bill does not apply to internal electronic components that
are not accessible to children, such as chip boards and wiring, similar
to the internal parts of a television remote control; and
- Determine how Washington fits with
national, international and other state standards so that their reporting
and testing protocols are tailored to maximize protection to children
and allow good businesses to compete.
By July 1, 2009
No person may manufacture, knowingly
sell, offer for sale, distribute for sale, or distribute for use a children's
product or product component containing:
1. Lead at more than 0.009% by weight (however the authority may reduce
the limit to 0.004% if necessary);
2. Cadmium at more than 0.004% by weight; or
3. Phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, or DNOP), individually or in
combination, at more than 0.10% by weight.
By January 1, 2009
The authority shall identify children's
products or product categories that may contain "High Priority Chemicals"
and submit a report on the chemicals they identified and recommendations
for additional ways to inform consumers about the toxic chemicals in products,
such as labeling.
For the purpose of this act:
2. Children's cosmetics;
3. Children's jewelry;
4. A product designed or intended by the manufacturer to help a child
with sucking or teething, to facilitate sleep, relaxation, or the feeding
of a child, or to be worn as clothing by children; or
5. Child car seats.
does not include:
2. Slings and catapults;
3. Sets of darts with metallic points;
4. Toy steam engines;
5. Bicycles and tricycles;
6. Video toys that can be connected to a video screen and are operated
at a nominal voltage exceeding 24 volts;
7. Chemistry sets;
8. Consumer electronic products, including but not limited to personal
computers, audio and video equipment, calculators, wireless phones, game
consoles, and handheld devices incorporating a video screen, used to access
interactive software and their associated peripherals;
9. Interactive software, intended for leisure and entertainment, such
as computer games, and their storage media, such as compact disks;
10. BB guns, pellet guns, and air rifles;
11. Snow sporting equipment, including skis, poles, boots, snow boards,
sleds, and bindings;
12. Sporting equipment, including, but not limited to bats, balls, gloves,
sticks, pucks, and pads;
13. Roller skates;
15. Model rockets;
16. Athletic shoes with cleats or spikes; and
17. Pocket knives and multitools.
"Toy" means a product
designed or intended by the manufacturer to be used by a child at play.
means cosmetics that are made for, marketed for use by, or marketed to
children under the age of 12.
"Children's jewelry" means jewelry that is made for,
marketed for use by, or marketed to children under the age of 12.
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