WA Dept. Ecology Workshop: Safer Products for Washington

August 29, 2019

The Departments of Ecology and Health will use this site to share information as we implement Substitute Senate Bill 5135. Our working name for this law is “Safer Products for Washington.”


What is Safer Products for Washington?

Substitute Senate Bill 5135 authorizes Ecology, in consultation with Health, to regulate classes of chemicals in consumer products. The law established a process where Ecology and Health designate priority chemicals, identify products that contain these chemicals, determine regulatory actions (notice requirements or chemical restrictions), and adopt rules to implement regulatory actions. Chemical restrictions require safer alternatives be feasible and available. Each of these steps involve stakeholder consultation and legislative reporting.

The first set of priority chemical classes were identified in the law. They are:

  • Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances 
  • Phthalates
  • Organohalogen flame retardants and flame retardants identified in RCW 70.240.010 
  • Phenolic compounds
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls

The first four deadlines in the law are:

Due date  Report to the Legislature 
 June 2020      Priority products 
 June 2022  Regulatory action determinations
 June 2023  Rule adoption
 June 2024  Second set of priority chemicals

Attend our first webinar: How are we implementing this law?

Ecology and Health are hosting a webinar to explain the law and how we are working to implement the requirements. Please join us.

Subscribe to the SaferProductsWA email list to receive updates.  Contact us at [email protected]


Thursday, August 29, 2019 10:00 am 
Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)


Register for the webinar, here