The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has released its draft Priority Product Work Plan for the California Safer Consumer Product (SCP) regulations, which identifies the next group of product categories to fall under the regulations.
DTSC’s Work Plan identifies product categories from which Priority Products will be selected for regulation over the next three years.
In March, DTSC proposed the first three Priority Products (product and chemical combinations) for which manufacturers must make assessments to select safer alternatives.
The SCP regulations require DTSC to prepare a work plan describing the product categories that it will evaluate to identify product-chemical combinations to be added to the Priority Products list every three years. The draft Work Plan released on Sept. 12 identifies the following seven product categories:
1. Beauty, Personal Care and Hygiene Products
2. Building Products: Paints, Adhesives, Sealants, and Flooring
3. Household, Office Furniture and Furnishings
4. Cleaning Products
6. Fishing and Angling Equipment
7. Office Machinery (Consumable Products)
According to DTSC, the product categories are selected by criteria established in the SCP regulations. The factors influencing the choice of priority products includes the potential for wide-spread exposure, significant adverse impacts, potential impacts on sensitive populations and the availability of information from other regulatory programs, or about safer chemical alternatives.
DTSC’s Draft Work Plan provides product examples and identifies potential chemicals candidates for each product category.
According to the agency, “The Work Plan does not specifically identify Priority Products or Chemicals of Concern.” DTSC said it will “identify future potential Priority Products by choosing specific products from the categories identified in the Work Plan in conjunction with chemicals found on the Candidate Chemicals list. The Work Plan is intended to provide a higher level of predictability regarding potential future regulatory actions by DTSC.”
The Safer Consumer Products Draft Priority Work Plan is available for download here.