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Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in Carpets, Rugs, Indoor Upholstered Furniture, and their Care and Treatment Products

DTSC is concerned about the hazard traits of PFASs and their widespread presence in the environment, humans, and other living organisms. Carpets, rugs, and indoor upholstered furniture treated with PFASs for stain-, soil-, oil-, or water-resistance, as well as their PFASs-based care and treatment products, are potential long-term sources of widespread human and ecological exposures to this class of chemicals. The Department is requesting public input to better understand (1) the exposure potential from the use of PFASs in these consumer products, and (2) the hazard traits of short-chain PFASs, fluorinated ethers, and other “novel” PFASs. The comment period to view and comment on our preliminary research for PFASs in carpets, rugs, indoor upholstered furniture, and their care and treatment products ended on December 30, 2016. Click here to view the comments received. The Department hosted a workshop on this topic Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Go to our Workshops page for the webinar recording, presentations, and other materials from the workshop.