California adds BPA to Prop 65 toxic chemical list
Heath E. Combs -- Furniture Today, April 16, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment last week added the chemical bisphenol A to its list of Proposition 65 chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity.
Prop 65 is a state law requiring point-of-sale notification by manufacturers to consumers of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer, birth defects or from reproductive harm.
Bill Perdue, vice president of regulatory affairs for the American Home Furnishings Alliance, said earlier this year that bisphenol a, or BPA, is used in furniture containing synthetic laminates.
Suppliers with products using foils or paper in construction or powder or UV coatings will need to look at their ingredients for the presence of BPA, he said.
Proposition 65, a law passed in 1986, doesn't require elimination of the chemical, but allows citizen plaintiffs to cite companies for lack of proper notice for listed chemicals.
Thus far this year, about 140 notices have been filed against furniture suppliers and retailers for violations of Prop 65 stemming from TDCPP, or tris phosphate, a flame retardant.
Once a chemical is listed, businesses have 12 months to comply with warning requirements.
Concerns have increased in recent years about the BPA's potential as a hormone disruptor.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, BPA is a monomer used in manufacturing most polycarbonate plastics, the majority of epoxy resins and other chemical products such as flame retardants.