California DTSC’s Safer Products Chief On 1,4-Dioxane, Why Paint Stripper AA Is Worth Following
Manufacturers of methylene chloride-containing paint strippers have submitted the first substantial alternatives analysis under California’s Safer Consumer Products regulation, an undertaking that could be informative for other industries. Karl Palmer, who heads the program for the Department of Toxic Substances Control, discusses the process and the DTSC’s probe into 1,4-dioxane in personal care.
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California’s Safer Consumer Products regime has been criticized for being too slow to address perceived dangerous chemicals and too reliant on manufacturer-led alternatives analyses. Washington state’s Safer Products program established in 2019 is designed to eliminate those alleged impediments.
Cosmetic products in California that contain at least one of more than a dozen listed ingredients or contaminants – or any others selected by the health department going forward – would be adulterated and thus unlawfully marketed under the proposed Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act.
The California DTSC has issued a notice of deficiency for the first preliminary alternatives analysis report submitted under the Safer Consumer Products regulation. That report does identify a possible replacement for methylene chloride use in paint strippers, in contrast to an abridged AA report from makers of spray polyurethane foams that claims there is no viable alternative for unreacted methylene diphenyl diisocyanates.