California DTSC’s Toluene-Nail Care Profile Draws Industry Comments; ‘Shortcomings’ Noted
The American Chemistry Council says the department’s draft profile for nail products containing toluene, the latest Priority Product proposed under California’s Safer Consumer Products regulation, does not properly differentiate between consumer and worker exposures. The Personal Care Products Council primarily wants to ensure that toluene is properly excluded when present as a trace contaminant.
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The Department of Toxic Substances Control released a work plan in May related to 1,4-dioxane in cosmetics and household cleaners, signaling a potential Priority Product listing on the horizon under California’s Safer Consumer Products regulation. The DTSC will host a second public workshop on the topic 21 Aug. and is accepting comments through 30 Aug.