Several states have considered laws requiring manufacturers to notify consumers that their products contain certain chemicals or to restrict manufacturers from using certain chemicals in their products. In general, these “green chemistry” bills have targeted chemicals that have been judged to pose a health or environmental concern. AHAM has worked at the state level to ensure that such bills focus on exposure because chemicals contained within the products are less likely to pose a health risk. Appliances are also recycled at a high rate, and the chemicals used to manufacture them pose little risk to the environment.
AHAM advocated for reform of the federal Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law June 2016. AHAM is working on the law's implementation to ensure that any regulations promulgated under the law are science-based, protect public health and safety and avoid any unnecessary burdens on manufacturers.