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Washington Chemicals: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Mercury: Mercury Education Reduction Act (MERA), Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 70.95M

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Definitions: RCW 70.95M.010

Labeling: RCW 70.95M.020

Mercury disposal plan: RCW 70.95M.030

Schools: RCW 70.95M.040

Mercury ban: RCW 70.95M.050

Penalties: RCW 70.95M.080

Phosphates:

Detergents: RCW 70.95L.005 to 70.95L.040

Fertilizers: RCW 15.54.270

Children's Safe Product Act, RCW 70.240 and regulations at WAC 173-334-010 to 173-334-130

Regulatory Agencies

Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE)

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)

Washington Department of Health (DOH)

Washington State Patrol (WSP) Compliance and Review Section

Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Washington has adopted federal regulations related to the import and export of chemicals, with additional requirements that ban specific products containing mercury and phosphates. Washington manufacturers, importers, and distributors must comply with such state chemical bans. See the state section IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OF CHEMICALS for a summary of federal requirements.

Washington has adopted the federal hazardous materials transportation regulations with additional requirements. For a review of requirements, see the state section HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTERS.

Internationally, a number of countries have developed or are developing laws with restrictions on the import of hazardous substances and electronic equipment that contain certain hazardous chemicals. See the national sections EXPORTS ...


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Washington Chemicals Resources

Chemicals Products

The Book of Chemical Lists on CD-ROM
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Enviro.BLR.com
Enviro.BLR.com is the online tool that makes state environmental compliance management a whole lot easier. Get plain-English state and federal regulatory analysis, 1000's of compliance checklists, forms and other tools, plus daily regulatory updates. "
Environmental Compliance in [Your State]
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Care of Supplies, Chemicals, and Equipment—Spanish Training Video
Aimed at training janitors/custodians in proper care and treatment of expensive equipment, and how to conserve supplies and chemicals. Savings can be realized and work accomplished in a productive manner when employees are properly trained and motivated to take care of equipment and materials. -Spanish Edition"
Audio Click 'n Train Spanish/English Edition: Hazard Communication
This Spanish/English movie-like version of the powerpoint presentation with audio makes it easy to deliver hazard communication training in Spanish and English. This ready-to-deliver meeting gives you effective toolbox training - no preparation required! Includes meeting outlines, customizable PowerPoint® slides, handouts, quiz, trainer's guide and more!"
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