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Two Triphosphate Based Flame Retardants are forbidden in Children’s Products

Dec. 9th, 2011, Washington State plans to prohibit application of tris(1,3-dichloroisopropyl) phosphate(TDCP) and tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) in products for children younger than 12 according to Toxic Free Kids Act.


This prohibition intends to protect children from exposure to triphosphate since a recent research on children’s products found a great deal of hazardous chemicals related to carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity and children development from mattresses, car seats, etc.


This proposal also requires manufacturers using triphosphate based flame retardants, formaldehyde, antimony, bisphenol a, etc. to determine whether or not safer materials can be used. Washington State has already prohibited a few specific PBDE based flame retardants. 


Currently, this proposal is being discussed in a special meeting of the legislature. Draft of a final version will be made soon and is expected to come into effect on July 1, 2014. A hearing is planned to be held on January 1, 2012 after the special meeting. Washington State will be the first State prohibiting TDCPP in the US if this proposal passes.