Safer Products

We are working toward Safer California households, workplaces and products

Toxics in Products

DTSC is committed to reducing, if not eliminating, toxic chemicals in products. It also promotes the proper disposal, and recycling of products that have reached the end of their useful life.

Cadmium and Lead in Jewelry

Lead and Cadmium have often been used in jewelry to make the item heavier, brighten colors, and to stabilize or soften plastic. Find out what consumers and retailers should know about the Cadmium in Children’s Jewelry Law and the Lead in Jewelry Law.

Lead and Arsenic in Glass Beads

Some glass beads have been found to contain toxic metals like lead and arsenic. This is a concern because the beads are typically pulverized during use (sandblasting) and generate dust. Lead- or arsenic-containing dust can be inhaled or ingested, thereby exposing those performing the sandblasting, as well as other people in the vicinity. Learn more about the lead and arsenic in glass beads law.

Lead in Plumbing

Plumbing products may be leaching lead into drinking water. Lead can be harmful to humans. Exposure to lead can cause serious adverse health effects, including delays in physical and mental development. Read more about testing for lead in California drinking water plumbing products.

Lead in Wheel Weights

California law prohibits the manufacture, sale, or installation of wheel weights containing more than 0.1% lead. Get more details about the law from our Lead Wheel Weights web page.

Recycling Mercury Thermostats is the Law

Mercury thermostats must be recycled. Where’s the closest place to recycle? A/C technicians should watch this video about recycling mercury thermostats. Learn more about the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act.

In addition, the State of California is trying to reduce overall mercury in the environment. Go to our Mercury Reduction web page to find some basic information on the element, mercury, its uses and disposal, how it affects people and the environment, and how California currently regulates it.

Restrictions on the use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electronic Devices

The concept behind California’s RoHS Law is to limit the amounts of certain hazardous heavy metals in specific waste electronic devices so that those metals never find their way into landfills or elsewhere, where they can eventually be released into the environment. Find out what sellers of covered electronic devices in California should know about the RoHS law.

Toxics in Packaging

On January 1, 2006, California laws went into  effect that limit cadmium, lead, mercury, and hexavalent chromium in product packaging. DTSC is taking a proactive approach to limiting these metals in our environment through:

  • Educating businesses and consumers regarding potential toxic metals in packaging; and
  • Eliminating these toxic metals prior to manufacturing.

Learn more about toxics in packaging and how the law affects you.

Toxics Reduction in Lighting

The California Lighting Efficiency and Toxics Reduction Act limits the amount of mercury and other hazardous substances allowed in general purpose lights.

Existing lighting choices for consumers contain toxic materials that, if released, can be harmful to public health and the environment. For example, incandescent bulbs may contain lead and fluorescent bulbs and tubes contain mercury. Find out more about restrictions on the use of certain toxic materials in general purpose lights.

Treated Wood Waste

Treated wood waste (TWW) comes from old wood that has been treated with chemical preservatives. These chemicals help protect the wood from insect attack and fungal decay while it’s being used. Fence posts, sill plates, landscape timbers, pilings, guardrails, and decking, to name a few, are all examples of chemically treated wood. Learn more from our Treated Wood Waste web page.

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