You told us you want safer products. Here’s what we’re doing about it. | by the Washington State Department of Health and Human Services | Connection to Public Health | April 2022

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Safer Products for Washington uses your feedback to remove harmful chemicals from the products we all buy.

Washingtonians want safer products. You told us that overwhelmingly. Nearly 400 people completed our Safer Products for Washington survey last winter in English and Spanish. And 95% of them said they were concerned about harmful chemicals in the things they bought.

A new law requires state health and environmental agencies to remove harmful chemicals from products. It’s a long process, but we’re making progress. And your survey responses have shown us that we’re going in the right direction.

The products people care about

People across Washington told us which everyday products we should focus most on as we work to reduce harmful chemicals. Those who responded said that what they most want is to see harmful chemicals removed from many common products, including:

  • personal care and beauty products.
  • food and beverage cans.
  • Laundry detergent.
  • carpet and rug.
  • To paint.

We develop rules for these products to restrict the use of certain chemicals such as phthalates in personal care products, phenolic compounds in beverage cans, and other chemicals. Visit our website for more information on these dangerous chemicals.

But the Sane People and Puget Sound Pollution Prevention Act doesn’t stop there. And neither do we. The law requires us to continue working to remove harmful chemicals from the products we buy. And when we asked you which products we should research next, you said:

  • Food Related Products.
  • cleaning and laundry products.
  • Garden maintenance and agricultural products.
  • plastics.
  • clothing and accessories.

People who took the survey also shared ideas about how we could help them. Some of the requests include:

  • Efforts to remove toxic chemicals from all products.
  • More nationwide education and outreach.
  • Measures to protect wildlife and the environment.
  • Information on safer choices for Washingtonians.

Work on other things you’ve asked for

The new law does not give us the power to regulate some of the products you mention or to take some of the actions you request. For example:

  • We are unable to regulate things like agricultural products, food and medicine.
  • We can’t create new requests for labels.

For these products and ideas we plan:

  • Identify people working on these products in other ecology programs or other government agencies and share your feedback.
  • Gather resources about these products on our new website: Safer products at home.
  • Continue to encourage our partners in industry to act voluntarily where they can, e.g. B. to provide more details on product labels.

Where do we go from here

We look forward to beginning research into the next round of harmful chemicals being added to the things we buy. We heard your important survey feedback. It helps us create resources including this new webpage: What’s Dangerous in My Home? Washingtonians can use these resources to make more informed and confident decisions.

As we move through the process of removing these chemicals from store shelves across Washington state, you can now take steps to protect your family and community. Visit the Department of Ecology’s Safer Products for Washington website for tips on reducing your exposure to harmful chemicals and purchasing safer products.

To take a look at the survey results: watch our survey highlights video, view our infographic, or view a list of all survey responses.

If you have any questions or concerns, email the Safer Products for Washington team. We are happy to hear from them.

More information

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