States and localities have become increasingly involved in chemical risk management. One of the first was California. California’s Proposition 65 program began as a simple labeling initiative, but it has since expanded to include over 900 substances. A number of these substances are not even identified as possibly cancer-causing by the international scientific community. Initiatives in other states have included ingredient disclosures on labels and inclusion of specific hazard warnings. These regions have also shown an interest in restricting or even banning certain substances from some consumer products. Outright bans are rare due to the difficulties of implementing and enforcing such legislation.
AFPM supports sound chemical safety legislation, however restrictions and bans that are not based on sound science pose a potential threat to our members, American manufacturing and consumers.