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Washington Legislation Requires Custom Warning Labels on Home Building Supplies

State Senate Passes Measures on Asbestos Custom Warning Labels

Custom warning labels on home building supplies are a must to protect consumer health. That's especially important in regard to products that contain potentially hazardous materials, but do not disclose that information labels. In an effort to rectify that situation, Washington lawmakers recently passed a measure that would require such supplies to display warning labels that the product might contain asbestos.

The legislation, passed by a 47-2 margin in the Washington State Senate, requires labels to be placed on home building products like shingles and caulk if the items contain asbestos.

A known carcinogen that can cause diseases including lung cancer, asbestos was once banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but has since been used in numerous household building products. It is sometimes labeled "mineral fibers" or not included on labels at all.

Legislation on Hazard Warning Labels Heads to the House
Now that the Senate approved the legislation requiring hazard warning labels, the proposal heads to the House, The Spokesman-Review reported.

The local newspaper also reported the inspiration for the legislation had come from the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency. Bill Darneworth, director of the agency, told The Spokesman-Review asbestos creates a health hazard when released into the air during remodeling or home improvement projects.