Relevant for: Electrical & electronics, Hardlines, Softlines, Toys & children's products
On 3 October 2017, State of Rhode Island passed the Act1 banning the manufacture, sale, and distribution upholstery bedding and furniture treated with any organohalogenated flame retardant chemicals. The Law carries a fine of $5,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for each subsequent violation.
Effective 1 July 2019, manufacturer or retailer must not sell or distribute any residential upholstery bedding and furniture (including children’s products) in the Rhode Island containing any organohalogenated flame retardant, including brominated or chlorinated chemicals, at concentration of 100 ppm or more. Enforcement on children’s products such as cribs mattresses will start from 1 July 2018. Manufacturers of the non-compliant products must notify their sellers 90 days or earlier before the effective date of the ban.
Toxic flame retardants are the chemicals of concerns (CHCC) among the States for many years. Rhode Island is the second state to ban these particular flame retardant chemicals, following the lead of Maine. In August this year, Maine enacted the law2 on banning the sale of residential upholstered furniture containing any flame retardants and will implement the ban by developing a product labelling and registration programs. Furthermore, two flame retardants were added as priority chemicals3 to the reporting requirements for children’s products.
Washington State passed the law4 to prohibit the sale of children’s products and residential upholstered furniture containing flame retardants, and has recently identified 13 flame retardants as CHCC in its updated Children’s Safe Product Reporting Rule (CPSA)5. California DTSC announced children's foam-padded sleeping products containing certain flame retardants as the first priority product under Safer Consumer Products Regulation6. OEHHA also added pentaBDE7 to the list under California Proposition 65 known to the state to cause cancer.