The California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has announced its intention to list three new chemicals1, N,N-dimethylformamide (CAS no. 68-12-2), 2-mercaptobenzothiazole (CAS no. 149-30-4) and tetrabromobisphenol A (CAS no. 79-94-7), as carcinogens under Proposition 65. The public consultation is now opened and OEHHA will accept comments until 31 July 2017. Comments received will be posted on the OEHHA website after the comment period.
International Agency for Research of Cancer (IARC) concluded that the proposed chemicals are classified in Group 2A2 (“probably carcinogenic to humans”) and the sufficient evidence of their carcinogenicity in animals. Hence, OEHHA determined the three chemicals meet the requirements for listing as known to the state to cause cancer.
From 1 July 2017, Washington Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act3 prohibits any children’s products and residential upholstered furniture containing more than 0.1% of five flame retardants including tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) to sell, offer for sale or distribute in the State.