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Chapter 70.240 RCW

CHILDREN'S SAFE PRODUCTS

RCW Sections

70.240.010Definitions.
70.240.020Prohibition on the manufacturing and sale of children's products containing lead, cadmium, or phthalates.
70.240.030Identification of high priority chemicals -- Report.
70.240.040Notice that a children's product contains a high priority chemical.
70.240.050Manufacturers of restricted products -- Notice to sellers and distributors -- Civil penalty.
70.240.060Adoption of rules.


70.240.010
Definitions.

The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

     (1) "Children's cosmetics" means cosmetics that are made for, marketed for use by, or marketed to children under the age of twelve. "Children's cosmetics" includes cosmetics that meet any of the following conditions:

     (a) Represented in its packaging, display, or advertising as appropriate for use by children;

     (b) Sold in conjunction with, attached to, or packaged together with other products that are packaged, displayed, or advertised as appropriate for use by children; or

     (c) Sold in any of the following:

     (i) Retail store, catalogue, or online web site, in which a person exclusively offers for sale products that are packaged, displayed, or advertised as appropriate for use by children; or

     (ii) A discrete portion of a retail store, catalogue, or online web site, in which a person offers for sale products that are packaged, displayed, or advertised as appropriate for use by children.

     (2) "Children's jewelry" means jewelry that is made for, marketed for use by, or marketed to children under the age of twelve. "Children's jewelry" includes jewelry that meets any of the following conditions:

     (a) Represented in its packaging, display, or advertising as appropriate for use by children under the age of twelve;

     (b) Sold in conjunction with, attached to, or packaged together with other products that are packaged, displayed, or advertised as appropriate for use by children;

     (c) Sized for children and not intended for use by adults; or

     (d) Sold in any of the following:

     (i) A vending machine;

     (ii) Retail store, catalogue, or online web site, in which a person exclusively offers for sale products that are packaged, displayed, or advertised as appropriate for use by children; or

     (iii) A discrete portion of a retail store, catalogue, or online web site, in which a person offers for sale products that are packaged, displayed, or advertised as appropriate for use by children.

     (3)(a) "Children's product" includes any of the following:

     (i) Toys;

     (ii) Children's cosmetics;

     (iii) Children's jewelry;

     (iv) 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

     (v) Child car seats.

     (b) "Children's product" does not include the following:

     (i) Batteries;

     (ii) Slings and catapults;

     (iii) Sets of darts with metallic points;

     (iv) Toy steam engines;

     (v) Bicycles and tricycles;

     (vi) Video toys that can be connected to a video screen and are operated at a nominal voltage exceeding twenty-four volts;

     (vii) Chemistry sets;

     (viii) Consumer electronic products, including but not limited to personal computers, audio and video equipment, calculators, wireless phones, game consoles, and hand-held devices incorporating a video screen, used to access interactive software and their associated peripherals;

     (ix) Interactive software, intended for leisure and entertainment, such as computer games, and their storage media, such as compact disks;

     (x) BB guns, pellet guns, and air rifles;

     (xi) Snow sporting equipment, including skis, poles, boots, snow boards, sleds, and bindings;

     (xii) Sporting equipment, including, but not limited to bats, balls, gloves, sticks, pucks, and pads;

     (xiii) Roller skates;

     (xiv) Scooters;

     (xv) Model rockets;

     (xvi) Athletic shoes with cleats or spikes; and

     (xvii) Pocket knives and multitools.

     (4) "Cosmetics" includes articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance, and articles intended for use as a component of such an article. "Cosmetics" does not include soap, dietary supplements, or food and drugs approved by the United States food and drug administration.

     (5) "Department" means the department of ecology.

     (6) "High priority chemical" means a chemical identified by a state agency, federal agency, or accredited research university, or other scientific evidence deemed authoritative by the department on the basis of credible scientific evidence as known to do one or more of the following:

     (a) Harm the normal development of a fetus or child or cause other developmental toxicity;

     (b) Cause cancer, genetic damage, or reproductive harm;

     (c) Disrupt the endocrine system;

     (d) Damage the nervous system, immune system, or organs or cause other systemic toxicity;

     (e) Be persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic; or

     (f) Be very persistent and very bioaccumulative.

     (7) "Manufacturer" includes any person, firm, association, partnership, corporation, governmental entity, organization, or joint venture that produces a children's product or an importer or domestic distributor of a children's product. For the purposes of this subsection, "importer" means the owner of the children's product.

     (8) "Phthalates" means di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), diisonoyl phthalate (DINP), diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP), or di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP).

     (9) "Toy" means a product designed or intended by the manufacturer to be used by a child at play.

     (10) "Trade association" means a membership organization of persons engaging in a similar or related line of commerce, organized to promote and improve business conditions in that line of commerce and not to engage in a regular business of a kind ordinarily carried on for profit.

     (11) "Very bioaccumulative" means having a bioconcentration factor or bioaccumulation factor greater than or equal to five thousand, or if neither are available, having a log Kow greater than 5.0.

     (12) "Very persistent" means having a half-life greater than or equal to one of the following:

     (a) A half-life in soil or sediment of greater than one hundred eighty days;

     (b) A half-life greater than or equal to sixty days in water or evidence of long-range transport.

[2008 c 288 § 2.]




70.240.020
Prohibition on the manufacturing and sale of children's products containing lead, cadmium, or phthalates.

(1) Beginning July 1, 2009, no manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer may manufacture, knowingly sell, offer for sale, distribute for sale, or distribute for use in this state a children's product or product component containing the following:

     (a) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, lead at more than .009 percent by weight (ninety parts per million);

     (b) Cadmium at more than .004 percent by weight (forty parts per million); or

     (c) Phthalates, individually or in combination, at more than 0.10 percent by weight (one thousand parts per million).

     (2) If determined feasible for manufacturers to achieve and necessary to protect children's health, the department, in consultation with the department of health, may by rule require that no manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer may manufacture, knowingly sell, offer for sale, distribute for sale, or distribute for use in this state a children's product or product component containing lead at more than .004 percent by weight (forty parts per million).

[2008 c 288 § 3.]




70.240.030
Identification of high priority chemicals — Report.

(1) By January 1, 2009, the department, in consultation with the department of health, shall identify high priority chemicals that are of high concern for children after considering a child's or developing fetus's potential for exposure to each chemical. In identifying the chemicals, the department shall include chemicals that meet one or more of the following criteria:

     (a) The chemical has been found through biomonitoring studies that demonstrate the presence of the chemical in human umbilical cord blood, human breast milk, human urine, or other bodily tissues or fluids;

     (b) The chemical has been found through sampling and analysis to be present in household dust, indoor air, drinking water, or elsewhere in the home environment; or

     (c) The chemical has been added to or is present in a consumer product used or present in the home.

     (2) By January 1, 2009, the department shall identify children's products or product categories that may contain chemicals identified under subsection (1) of this section.

     (3) By January 1, 2009, the department shall submit a report on the chemicals of high concern to children and the children's products or product categories they identify to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature. The report shall include policy options for addressing children's products that contain chemicals of high concern for children, including recommendations for additional ways to inform consumers about toxic chemicals in products, such as labeling.

[2008 c 288 § 4.]




70.240.040
Notice that a children's product contains a high priority chemical.

Beginning six months after the department has adopted rules under *section 8(5) of this act, a manufacturer of a children's product, or a trade organization on behalf of its member manufacturers, shall provide notice to the department that the manufacturer's product contains a high priority chemical. The notice must be filed annually with the department and must include the following information:

     (1) The name of the chemical used or produced and its chemical abstracts service registry number;

     (2) A brief description of the product or product component containing the substance;

     (3) A description of the function of the chemical in the product;

     (4) The amount of the chemical used in each unit of the product or product component. The amount may be reported in ranges, rather than the exact amount;

     (5) The name and address of the manufacturer and the name, address, and phone number of a contact person for the manufacturer; and

     (6) Any other information the manufacturer deems relevant to the appropriate use of the product.

[2008 c 288 § 5.]

Notes:

     *Reviser's note: Section 8 of this act was vetoed by the governor.




70.240.050
Manufacturers of restricted products — Notice to sellers and distributors — Civil penalty.

(1) A manufacturer of products that are restricted under this chapter must notify persons that sell the manufacturer's products in this state about the provisions of this chapter no less than ninety days prior to the effective date of the restrictions.

     (2) A manufacturer that produces, sells, or distributes a product prohibited from manufacture, sale, or distribution in this state under this chapter shall recall the product and reimburse the retailer or any other purchaser for the product.

     (3) A manufacturer of children's products in violation of this chapter is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed five thousand dollars for each violation in the case of a first offense. Manufacturers who are repeat violators are subject to a civil penalty not to exceed ten thousand dollars for each repeat offense. Penalties collected under this section must be deposited in the state toxics control account created in RCW 70.l05D.070.

     (4) Retailers who unknowingly sell products that are restricted from sale under this chapter are not liable under this chapter.

[2008 c 288 § 7.]




70.240.060
Adoption of rules.

The department may adopt rules as necessary for the purpose of implementing, administering, and enforcing this chapter.

[2008 c 288 § 9.]