Bill S7806-2013

Prohibits the manufacture, distribution and sale of children's foam mats containing formamide

Prohibits the manufacture, distribution and sale of children's foam mats containing formamide.

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  • Jun 11, 2014: REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

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BILL NUMBER:S7806

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting the manufacture, distribution and sale of children's foam mats containing formamide

PURPOSE:

To prohibit children's foam mats and exercise mats from containing the chemical formamide, as formamide has been found to be a health hazard to both children and adults.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section I amends Article 37 of the environmental conservation law by adding Title 4, that would prohibit the manufacture, distribution, and sale of foam mat products containing formamide. The bill would also amend the environmental conservation law to create a penalty for those who violate any of its provisions.

Section II sets forth the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

The chemical formamide has been found to be harmful to those who come in contact with it, particularly when it exists in high quantifies in foam mats intended for children. Formamide is toxic to the reproductive system and can pose harm to fetuses and infants. Exposure to the chemical can also cause eye, nose, throat and skin irritation. Mats containing formamide have been banned and removed from shelves in Belgium and France because of these safety concerns. Prohibiting the sale of these foam mats would create a safer environment for New York's children and families.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2012: A6070A (Meng) - Codes 2011: A6070A (Meng) - Environmental Conservation

FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7806 IN SENATE June 11, 2014 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting the manufacture, distribution and sale of children's foam mats containing formamide THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Article 37 of the environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new title 4 to read as follows: TITLE 4 FORMAMIDE SECTION 37-0401. SHORT TITLE. 37-0403. DEFINITIONS. 37-0405. FOAM MAT PRODUCTS. 37-0407. PREEMPTION. 37-0409. RULES AND REGULATIONS. S 37-0401. SHORT TITLE. THIS TITLE SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE CITED AS THE "FORMAMIDE-FREE CHILDREN'S PRODUCT ACT". S 37-0403. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS TITLE: (A) "FOAM MAT PRODUCT" MEANS ALL MATS, PADS, MATTRESSES AND CUSHIONS DESIGNED FOR USE BY CHILDREN THREE YEARS OLD OR YOUNGER, INCLUDING MATS, PADS, MATTRESSES AND CUSHIONS USED AS OR IN CONNECTION WITH BEDDING, CHANGING PLATFORMS, STROLLERS AND CARRIAGES, HIGH CHAIRS, CAR SEATS, PLAY PENS AND TOYS. (B) "FORMAMIDE" MEANS THE CHEMICAL IDENTIFIED BY CAS NUMBER 75-12-7, INCLUDING METHANAMIDE AND CARBAMALDEHYDE. S 37-0405. FOAM MAT PRODUCTS. 1. BEGINNING DECEMBER FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN, NO PERSON, FIRM, PARTNERSHIP, ASSOCIATION, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY OR CORPORATION SHALL SELL OR OFFER FOR SALE IN THIS STATE ANY FOAM MAT PRODUCT CONTAINING FORMAMIDE.
2. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF FOAM MAT PRODUCTS RESOLD OR OFFERED FOR RESALE, OR DISTRIBUTED BY CONSUMERS FOR CONSUMER USE. S 37-0407. PREEMPTION. JURISDICTION IN ALL MATTERS PERTAINING TO FORMAMIDE WHICH ARE REGU- LATED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE SHALL BE VESTED EXCLU- SIVELY IN THE STATE. S 37-0409. RULES AND REGULATIONS. THE DEPARTMENT IS AUTHORIZED TO PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AS IT SHALL DEEM NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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