In addition, AB 1415 allows manufacturers of products that contain mercury switches and relays, or their trade groups, to request an exemption from DTSC. A manufacturer or trade group can only apply for an exemption for a product for which there is no technically feasible alternative, at a reasonable cost. All requests submitted must be approved, and the manufacturer or trade group must be contacted by DTSC, before the exemption is valid.
All requests must be signed and dated, and all exemptions granted by DTSC are valid for three years. A request for a new exemption must be resubmitted when the three-year period expires.