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House Bill 3162 Will Protect OR Kids From Chemicals
The Oregon House of Representatives took a step to protect Oregon’s children and environment by approving The Toxics Disclosure for Healthy Kids Act. House Bill 3162 requires manufacturers to report if any of 19 dangerous chemicals are used in their children’s products, and to phase out chemicals from certain high-exposure products over five years.
“We need to protect our children from needless exposure to chemicals that could make them sick,” said Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, a chief sponsor of the bill. “Oregon is leading efforts to create a healthier environment, and this is a sensible step forward.”
The Act establishes an efficient, science-based system to identify the 19 chemicals that pose the greatest risk to children’s health when they exist in toys or other children’s products. As of now, this information is unavailable to parents and health officials who need more data in order to address rising rates of disease and make smart investments in preventative health. By phasing out toxic chemicals from the products that young children touch, put in their mouths or inhale – such as teething rings and car seats – The Toxics Disclosure for Healthy Kids Act will protect Oregon’s kids from products with the greatest potential for causing health problems later in life.
The Oregon Health Authority will collect data on the chemicals of concern and report to the legislature. Similar legislation in Washington State and around the country is raising awareness among manufacturers about the harmful impacts of certain chemicals.