Toxic Chemicals Don’t Belong in Children – or Their Toys

Pass the Child Safe Products Act TODAY

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Dangerous chemicals are everywhere

  • Thousands of chemicals can be found in everyday products. There is no requirement that these chemicals are safe.
  • More than 5,000 types of kids’ products have been identified that contain dangerous chemicals under the new reporting requirements in Washington State.
  • Toxic chemicals get into the bodies of children and even newborns.

Chemical harm our children

  • Developing babies and young children are more susceptible to the effects of toxic chemicals.
  • Learning disabilities and related neurological disorders affect one in seven children and autism affects one out of 88 children. We know that certain chemicals can cause neurological disorders.
  • Leukemia increased by 62% and brain cancer increased by 39% since 1973 and asthma incidence and mortality have more than doubled since 1991.
  • It is estimated that 28% of these disorders are due to direct toxic environment exposure or combinations of exposures with genetic susceptibility.

New York businesses pay the price

Families want products that they can trust are safe and healthy for their children.

  • Poor childhood health caused by preventable environmental factors cost New York an estimated $4.35 billion each year in health care costs.
  • More and more businesses are supporting stronger chemical laws, which not only make families safer, but also help businesses restore faith in the American market.
  • 73% of businesses support government regulations to ensure the products that companies buy and sell are non-toxic.

— 2012 poll by the American Sustainable Business Council

What the Child Safe Products Act does

  • The act requires the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to publish a list of chemicals of high concern.
  • From the list of chemicals of high concern, a list of nine priority chemicals of high concern are identified. If these chemicals are found in children’s products, the use of these chemicals will be reported to the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2) and ultimately phased out.
  • This legislation is modeled after successful legislation in other states including Maine and Washington. Feb 2014

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