Going after carcinogens

State regulators are challenging manufacturers to make products safer

Pursuant to the Safer Consumer Products regulations passed into law last year, state regulators are targeting three widely used products containing known carcinogens.

According to a Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) press release, the three products of concern are foam sleeping pads for children containing chlorinated Tris (TDCPP), a flame retardant and probable carcinogen; spray polyurethane foam systems containing unreacted diisocyanates, which can cause asthma and cancer and can cause respiratory and skin irritation; and paint stripper containing methylene chloride, a known carcinogen and neurotoxin.

Once the DTSC finalizes a rule-making process—which could take up to a year—manufacturers selling the products in California will be required to analyze whether safer ingredients are available and the feasibility of substituting them for the carcinogenic substances.