Chemical Safety Unveiled – HHWG

Chemical Safety Unveiled

Last month Congress approved the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a sorely needed update¬†to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) passed in 1976. The law took huge strides forward in protecting people from chemicals that impact human health. First and foremost, it mandates health safety reviews on any chemical used in products. Before, a chemical had to be shown as unsafe before a review would occur believe it or not. In addition, the law: – Requires strict protection from toxic chemicals for children and pregnant women – Requires health safety testing before new chemicals can be used in products – Enhances the EPA’s authority to test both new and existing chemicals – Limits a company’s ability to claim chemicals as trade secrets in their product so we can now see exactly what we are putting in and on our bodies Thanks to all the advocacy organizations that helped move this bill over the finish line! Now the EPA has a big task on its hands. There are over 60,000 chemicals used in everyday products, and only 2% have been tested for human safety. Be on the lookout for 1,000 EPA job postings for Chemical Safety Tester!