Disclosure of Hazardous Substance Information Found in Products with Vehicles in Scope

Author: California Legislative Counsel, Oct 15, 2017

Existing law regulates the existence of, and disclosure of, specified chemicals and components in consumer products, including phthalates and bisphenol A.

This bill would require a manufacturer of a designated product, as defined, that is sold in the state to disclose on the product label and on the product’s Internet Web site information related to chemicals contained in the designated product, as specified. The bill would authorize a manufacturer to protect certain chemicals from disclosure by use of a generic name, as specified. The bill would prohibit the sale in the state of a designated product that does not satisfy these requirements.

Existing law, the Hazardous Substances Information and Training Act, ensures the transmission of necessary information to employees regarding the properties and potential hazards of hazardous substances in the workplace. A serious and knowing or negligent violation of the act by an employer and every officer, management official, or supervisor having direction, management, control, or custody of any employment, place of employment, or of any other employee is a crime. Existing law requires the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to adopt a standard setting forth an employer’s duties toward its employees consistent with specified guidelines, including, among other things, that the employer shall make safety data sheets on substances in the workplace available to employees, collective bargaining representatives, or employee physicians.

This bill would require an employer that is required to make a safety data sheet readily accessible to an employee pursuant to that standard to make readily accessible in the same manner, for designated products in the workplace, certain information included in the online disclosures described above relating to chemicals contained in those products.

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