DCP: Toxic Substances in Children's Products

Toxic Substances in Children's Products


The Departments of Consumer Protection (DCP), Public Health (DPH), and Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) worked jointly to develop a list of toxic substances that they recommend should not exist in children's products based on a specific set of criteria that can be found in their Hazard Assessment. This process has also involved collaboration with Trinity College’s environmental science students and faculty.

We have developed a fact sheet with information useful to families who would like to avoid products containing these flame retardants and otherwise prevent children’s exposure to potentially harmful products. Families should also be encouraged to contact DPH and DCP for more information.
 
Use of these evaluation criteria outlined in the MOU has resulted in an initial list of three chemicals present in children’s products that are of high concern due to their potential to cause toxicity to children, and can be found below:
 
Tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate (TCEP)
  • Product Type:  Flame retardant
  • Health Concern: Carcinogen
  • Children’s Products Concern: Children’s foam padded sleep mats, crib bumpers, changing table pads
  • Detailed Report
Tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl phosphate, TDCPP)
  • Product Type:  Flame retardant
  • Health Concern: Carcinogen
  • Children’s Products Concern: Children’s foam padded sleep mats, crib bumpers, changing table pads
  • Detailed Report
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)
  • Product Type:  Flame retardant
  • Health Concern: Endocrine disruption, developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity 
  • Children’s Products Concern: Children’s car seats, soft furniture
  • Detailed Report

Additional Background Information
Agency Contact Information
 
Department of Consumer Protection:
Trade Practices Division
Email: dcp.productsafety@ct.gov
Phone: (860) 713-6180
 
Department of Public Health:
Environmental and Occupational Health Assessment Program
Phone: (860) 509-7740
 
 


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