Chemicals in Children's Products

There are many chemicals in our environment. Some of them are in products we all use—including children’s products. Children can be more susceptible to some chemicals. We encourage you to learn more about the chemicals that are in children’s products.

Why Focus on Children?

  • Some chemicals can interfere with a child's growth and development.
  • Children's bodies are small so they can take in more chemicals in proportion to their body weight than adults.
  • Children can come in contact with more chemicals through how they interact with their environment (e.g. hand-to-mouth behavior).

chemicals of high concern to children

There are currently 66 chemicals on the State’s list of Chemicals of High Concern to Children (see Act 188 for more information on Vermont’s law). Below you will find information on each of the chemicals on the list sorted by CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) number. Click on "Chemical" in the table heading to sort by chemical, or search for a chemical in the search box.

The Health Department collects data on the presence of these chemicals in children’s products offered for sale in Vermont. The data are available online in spreadsheets under the section "Brand Name and Product Model (BNPM) Data Set." Go to the data

CAS Number Chemical
50-00-0 Formaldehyde
62-53-3 Aniline
62-75-9 N-Nitrosodimethylamine
71-43-2 Benzene
75-01-4 Vinyl chloride
75-07-0 Acetaldehyde
75-09-2 Methylene chloride
75-15-0 Carbon disulfide
78-93-3 Methyl ethyl ketone
79-34-5 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane
79-94-7 Tetrabromobisphenol A
80-05-7 Bisphenol A
84-66-2 Diethyl phthalate
84-74-2 Dibutyl phthalate
84-75-3 Di-n-hexyl Phthalate
85-44-9 Phthalic anhydride
85-68-7 Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
86-30-6 N-Nitrosodiphenylamine
87-68-3 Hexachlorobutadiene
94-13-3 Propyl paraben
94-26-8 Butyl paraben
95-53-4 2-Aminotoluene
95-80-7 2,4-Diaminotoluene
99-76-3 Methyl paraben
99-96-7 p-Hydroxybenzoic acid
100-41-4 Ethylbenzene
100-42-5 Styrene
104-40-5 4-Nonylphenol (4-NP) and its isomer mixtures including CAS 84852-15-3 and CAS 25154-52-3
106-47-8 para-Chloroaniline
107-13-1 Acrylonitrile
107-21-1 Ethylene glycol
108-88-3 Toluene
108-95-2 Phenol
109-86-4 2-Methoxyethanol
110-80-5 Ethylene glycol monoethyl ether
115-96-8 Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate
117-81-7 Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate
117-84-0 Di-n-octyl phthalate (DnOP)
118-74-1 Hexachlorobenzene
119-93-7 3,3'-Dimethylbenzidine and dyes metabolized to 3,3'-Dimethylbenzidine
120-47-8 Ethyl paraben
123-91-1 1,4-Dioxane
127-18-4 Perchloroethylene
131-55-5 Benzophenone-2 (BP-2), 2,2',4,4'-Tetrahydroxybenzophenone
140-66-9 4-tert-Octylphenol, 1,1,3,3-Tetramethyl-4-butylphenol
140-67-0 Estragole
149-57-5 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid
556-67-2 Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane
608-93-5 Benzene, pentachloro
842-07-9 C.I. Solvent Yellow 14
872-50-4 N-Methylpyrrolidone
1163-19-5 2,2',3,3',4,4',5,5',6,6'-Decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-209)
1763-23-1 Perfluorooctanyl sulphonic acid (PFOS) and its salts
1806-26-4 Phenol, 4-octyl-
5466-77-3 2-Ethyl-hexyl-4-methoxycinnamate
7439-97-6 Mercury & mercury compounds including methyl mercury (22967-92-6)
7439-98-7 Molybdenum & molybdenum compounds
7440-36-0 Antimony & antimony compounds
7440-38-2 Arsenic & arsenic compounds including arsenic trioxide (1327-53-3) & dimethyl arsenic (75-60-5)
7440-43-9 Cadmium & cadmium compounds
7440-48-4 Cobalt & cobalt compounds
13674-87-8 Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate
25013-16-5 Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
25637-99-4 Hexabromocyclododecane
26761-40-0 Diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP)
28553-12-0 Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)

There are 20 more chemicals that are proposed to be added to the list. Below you will find information on each of the proposed chemicals sorted by CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) number. Click on "Chemical" in the table heading to sort by chemical, or search for a chemical in the search box. The information on these chemcials is in draft format and will be finalized after rulemaking has been completed.

Proposed Additions to Vermont's List of Chemicals of High Concern to Children
CAS Number Chemical
80-09-1 Bisphenol S
84-61-7 Dicyclohexyl phthalate
84-69-5 Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
115-86-6 Triphenyl phosphate
117-82-8 Di(methoxyethyl) phthalate
126-72-7 Tris (2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate
126-73-8 Tri-n-butyl phosphate
131-81-0 Dipentyl phthalate
335-67-1 Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
620-92-8 Bisphenol F
1241-94-7 Ethylhexyl diphenyl phosphate
1330-78-5 Tricresyl phosphate
7439-92-1 Lead
13674-84-5 Tris(1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate
26040-51-7 Bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromopthalate
38051-10-4 Bis(chloromethyl)propane-1,3-diyl tetrakis-(2-chloroethyl) bis(phosphate)
68937-41-7 Isopropylated triphenyl phosphate
84852-53-9 Decabromodiphenyl ethane
85535-84-8 Short-chain chlorinated paraffins
183658-27-7 2-ethylhexyl-2,3,4,5-tetrabromobenzoate

More information

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Questions? Contact the Chemical Disclosure Program
Go to the Chemical Disclosure Program for Children's Products (For Manufacturers) page