Safer Chemicals in Children's Products

Maine prioritizes chemicals into three tiers

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Leading efforts to improve the chemical safety of consumer products, Maine’s chemical reporting regulation aims to encourage the use of safer alternatives and increase awareness of potential childhood chemical exposures from common household products.

Three tiers of priority

Maine lists approximately 1400 compounds as chemicals of concern. From this list, chemicals of high concern are designated and upon further review, may be elevated to priority chemical status which results in regulatory action. Each tier of prioritization builds upon the criteria of the list before it.

NEWS - Reporting Deadline November 28, 2014

Manufacturers are now required to report to the Maine DEP the use of cadmium, arsenic, and mercury in certain categories of children’s products which are sold in the State of Maine. Reports must be submitted to Maine DEP no later than November 28, 2014. For regulation details please see the following: cadmium, arsenic, mercury. If you are unsure whether you are affected by this new regulation please contact Kerri Malinowski at (207) 215-1894.

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