As a consumer, you have many choices
about the products you buy.
You may read product labels to find out information about what ingredients are in products and if they’re safe for you and your family to use.
There should never be a question about the safety of the products you and your family use every day. That’s why chemical ingredients are highly regulated by federal agencies for safety.
Everything on Earth is made up of chemicals – from the food we eat and the water we drink, to the cars we drive, the clothes we wear and all of the products we use every day.
Decisions about chemicals in products should be based on scientific approaches that consider the amount of a chemical ingredient in a product, as well as how people use the product and the extent to which they may come in contact with the chemical ingredients.
Below is information on some chemicals that you may be hearing about frequently, many of which have been approved by regulators and safely used for many years. Learn more about these ingredients, why they are found in different consumer products and what the science says about safety.
BPA is used to make hard, clear, shatter-resistant plastics and resin coating materials essential to many consumer products, including eyeglass lenses, sports safety helmets, LED lighting fixtures and more. The results of numerous safety assessment by government scientists around the world support the safety of BPA.
Diisocyanates are a family of chemical building blocks used to make a wide range of polyurethane products used every day in buildings, furniture, automobiles and other applications.
Formaldehyde is a critical ingredient in the production of hundreds of items that improve everyday life. While little or no formaldehyde is present in the final product, the chemical is an essential building block in products from wood floors and cabinets in our homes to common consumer items like shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, lipstick and nail polish.
Parabens, preservative ingredients often found in cosmetics and personal hygiene products, can be highly effective in preventing the bacterial and fungal growth that can cause products to spoil, helping to protect consumers and maintain product integrity.
Modern per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), also known as FluoroTechnology or fluorinated chemistries, are relied upon by numerous industries to provide strength, resilience and durability to an array of products that are critical to modern life.
Phthalates are a family of chemical compounds that help make polyvinyl chloride (PVC), or vinyl, flexible and pliant and are used in a multitude of products that demand high performance, long-lasting wear and durability.
Styrene is a building-block chemical used to make polystyrene, a versatile plastic resin with a variety of applications, including building and appliance insulation, lightweight protective packaging, including foodservice packaging and more.
For more than 40 years, triclosan has been used safely as a preservative in many commercial and institutional cleaning and personal hygiene products to help prevent bacterial contamination of the product.