OHA Making Smart Moves on Toxic Toys Rules
The third and most recent meeting of the Toxic Free Kids Act Rules Advisory Committee yielded important information. We’ve been waiting to see how the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) would propose to evaluate the hazard of different chemicals used in kids’ products. This decision is critical because it will help prevent manufacturers from substituting a toxic chemical on Oregon’s regulatory list for another toxic chemical that isn’t on the list.
Fortunately for Oregon’s kids and families OHA is proposing to use a credible and well-established process for evaluating the hazard of different chemicals. Using this hazard assessment process will further align Oregon’s law with those in other states. It also helps harmonize our law with the process used by numerous leading manufacturers to assess the hazards of chemicals.
We are optimistic that OHA will take a precautionary approach to protecting our children while addressing legitimate manufacturer concerns where they exist.