Go to Top

September 2014

DTSC Priority Product Work Plan Workshop Reveals Agency’s Next Steps

At its September 25, 2014 Priority Product Work Plan workshop in Sacramento, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control announced its expectation that its draft Priority Product Work Plan will be finalized in early 2015 and that the Work Plan’s implementation will involve mandatory data call-ins, stakeholder meetings and workshops.  The outcome of that implementation process will be the identification of Priority Products, and DTSC expects to identify no more than 10 Priority Products in any given identification round. The Safer Consumer Products Regulations, finalized in October 2013, require DTSC to publish a Priority Product Work Plan and to update it every three years.  The September 25, 2014 workshop followed DTSC’s September 12, 2014 release of the draft Priority Products Work Plan, as GLO previously reported.  The Work Plan’s purpose, according to the agency, is to clearly describe what product categories will be evaluated for identification as Priority Products and to …Read More

OEHHA Tries Again with Revisions to Prop 65 Warning Regulations

In a new draft of proposed revisions to the Proposition 65 warning regulations (Warning Regulation DISCUSSION DRAFT 092314), the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has made certain improvements to its March 7, 2014 draft proposal. (See prior GLO report on OEHHA’s earlier proposal.)   However, it’s unlikely that either the regulated community or Proposition 65 enforcers will be satisfied with all of the changes in OEHHA’s latest approach. On the plus side, OEHHA’s latest draft proposal eliminates the previously proposed requirement to use the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) health hazard pictogram in Proposition 65 warnings.  Instead, an exclamation point enclosed within a triangle would be required: The warning text would require the phrase “This product can expose you…” rather than the more alarming “This product will expose you…” — another improvement.  The current safe harbor phrasing for reproductive toxicant warnings, “birth defects or other reproductive harm,” would be replaced …Read More

OEHHA Solicits Public Input on Possible Revisions to Proposition 65 Regulations

On September 16, 2014, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment published an announcement soliciting public comments on a number of potential regulatory proposals revising the Proposition 65 regulations.  Public comments are due November 17, 2014, and OEHHA plans to hold a public workshop in the near future on this topic. OEHHA’s request for input is part of recent efforts to reform and update the Proposition 65 regulations and follows its pre-regulatory draft proposal, released on March 7, 2014, to revise the Proposition 65 warning regulations.  That pre-regulatory proposal has met with significant resistance from the regulated community as GLO previously has reported.  In response to that resistance, OEHHA is reported to be making several significant changes to the March proposal. In its September 16 request for public input on potential revisions to other parts of the Proposition 65 regulations, OEHHA has focused on: Alternative risk levels for chemicals …Read More

DTSC Releases Draft Priority Products Work Plan

On September 12, 2014, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control released its draft Priority Products Work Plan under the Safer Consumer Products Regulations. The Work Plan identifies the product categories that DTSC will evaluate for future listing as Priority Products. DTSC has scheduled two public workshops to discuss the Work Plan: September 25 at its Sacramento headquarters, and September 29 at its Cypress, California regional office. DTSC has identified several product categories and associated potential chemicals of concern: Beauty/personal care/hygiene (skin products, personal hygiene products, hair products and cosmetics/fragrances) — aldehydes, alkyl phenols, ethoxylates, azo dyes, coal tars, lead, lead acetate, phthalates, triclosan, toluene Building products (paints, adhesives, sealants and flooring) — brominated or chlorinated organic compounds, organophosphates, isocyanates, metals, perfluorinated compounds, phthalates, volatile organic compounds Household, office furniture and furnishings (bedding, fabric and textile furnishings, seating/sofas) — chlorinated and brominated organic compounds, organophosphates, perfluorinated compounds Cleaning products (air fresheners, …Read More

ECHA Considers 22 Chemicals for Inclusion in REACH Authorisation List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is considering the addition of 22 new chemicals to the REACH authorisation list. This is the largest list of chemicals considered for authorization since REACH became effective.  Comments are due November 30, 2014. The chemicals being considered are: Two substances obtained from coal tar: Anthracene oil; Pitch, coal tar, high temp. Seven lead substances: Orange lead (lead tetroxide); Lead monoxide (lead oxide); Tetralead trioxide sulphate; Pentalead tetraoxide sulphate; Silicic acid, lead salt; Pyrochlore, antimony lead yellow; Acetic acid, lead salt, basic. Four boron substances: Boric acid; Disodium tetraborate, anhydrous; Diboron trioxide; Tetraboron disodium heptaoxide, hydrate. Seven phthalates: Diisopentylphthalate; 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters, C7-rich; 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters; 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dipentylester, branched and linear; Bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate; N-pentyl-isopentylphthalate; Dipentyl phthalate. 4-Nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated. 1-Bromopropane (n-propyl bromide). Under REACH, chemicals identified as substances of very high concern (SVHCs) may be added to the …Read More