BV Brief on Styrene

06/11/17

My product may have styrene in it. What can I do? 

Background

Styrene is a chemical building block widely used to make plastics, fiberglass, rubber, and latex.  Consumer products made with styrene or polystyrene include toys, school supplies, infant products, home improvement items, plastic drinkware, luggage, shoes and many other general plastic consumer products. 

In April 2016, California added Styrene to its list of chemicals known to the state to causer cancer, also known as the list of Proposition 65 chemicals.  The listing of styrene is based on formal identification by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), that the chemical causes cancer.

As of April 22, 2017, enforcement for Styrene in consumer products could be initiated. We see it happening Then July 1, 2017, the No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) for styrene of 27 µg per day became effective. 

My Product May have Styrene in it. What can I do? 
Testing alone is not going to provide compliance to NSRLs. The only way to determine compliance to the µg per day is to carry out an exposure scenario through a California Prop 65 Safe Harbor Assessment. 

• Step 1: Product testing / assessment to determine a presence of styrene in your product. 

• Step 2: Check against existing court settlements to determine if further assessment is needed.

•  Step 3: Perform a California Prop 65 Safe Harbor Assessment to determine if product will comply or not comply with NSRL of 27 µg per day.

Some companies stop at Step 2. It is a business decision whether you need to proceed to Step 3. 

Have Questions?  Contact Bureau Veritas for Help. 
Bureau Veritas is working with clients today to help address Styrene in their products. 
Contact us today at 1-800-277-3300 (716-505-3300) or via email at 

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