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CA Law Requires Disclosure of Certain Chemicals in Cleaning Products

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on November 15, 2017 | In Workers Compensation Claims

CA Law Requires Disclosure of Certain Chemicals in Cleaning Products

California has become the first state to pass legislation requiring the disclosure of certain chemicals in cleaning products.

The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on October 15th. The purpose of the law is to make it easier for consumers and workers to identify dangerous ingredients contained in commonly-used cleaning products and fragrance mixtures.

Cleaning products sold in our state will be required to list ingredients on product labels as well as provide additional ingredient information on product websites. Importantly, the law requires that specified employers provide that information to their employees.

The Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) requires that manufacturers of consumer and institutional cleaning, polish, floor maintenance, automotive and air care products provide warnings about hazards like flammability, toxicity and combustibility. But the FHSA does not require a full list of chemical ingredients. Under the new California rules, product labels and websites must list chemicals of concern along with most other ingredients, as well as fragrance allergens.

OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Act) requires employers to share information on substances in the workplace with workers through safety data sheets. The bill’s new requirements would mandate that California employers already covered by the OSHA rules make the contents of workplace cleaning products available in the applicable data sheets.

Under the terms of the new law, manufacturer websites must be updated by January 1, 2020 and product labels must be in compliance by January 1, 2021.

Cleaning Chemicals Can Affect Your Health

Those who work with cleaning chemicals suffer from health problems including:

  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Itchy, red eyes
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nosebleeds
  • Asthma
  • Skin and eye burns
  • Skin rashes

Employers must provide a safe workplace with sufficient ventilation when using cleaning chemicals. Cleaning chemicals must be labeled and workers must receive training on the hazards of cleaning chemicals along with safe work practices. Training must include cleaning chemical hazards, use and storage, how to handle a spill or other emergency, how to get safety data sheets and when protective clothing and other gear is required.

If you suffer an injury because of chemical exposure on the job, you are entitled to file a Workers’ Compensation claim.

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If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately. Call 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home. The Kenton Koszdin Law OfficeSocial Security attorney in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.

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