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 89 chemicals on the State’s list of Chemicals of High Concern to Children (see Vermont Statute Title 18, Chapter 38A 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 receives reports from manufacturers on the presence of these chemicals in children’s products offered for sale in Vermont. The reports are available online in searchable spreadsheets. Search for a children's product that was reported
There were more chemicals added to the list in 2019. Below you will find information on the additional 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 chemicals is in draft format and will be finalized after rulemaking has been completed.
|84-69-5||Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)|
|126-72-7||Tris (2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate|
|335-67-1||Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)|
|1241-94-7||Ethylhexyl diphenyl phosphate|
|68937-41-7||Isopropylated triphenyl phosphate|
|85535-84-8||Short-chain chlorinated paraffins|
These are other agencies that regulate chemicals and consumer products:
- Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)