On September 20, 2019, the governor of California approved AB 647 which expands the obligations of manufacturers and importers of cosmetics (and disinfectants) containing hazardous substances. Beginning on July 1, 2020, these manufacturers and importers are required to not only provide safety data sheets (“SDSs”) to purchasers, but to also post a copy of each SDS on its public website by the brand name or other commonly known name. The bill created new Section 6390.2 of the California Labor Code. Under the new law, manufacturers and importers are also required provide translations of the SDSs into Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Korean on their public websites. The list of required translations may be expanded in the future to include other languages found by the State to be common for the beauty care industry.
AB 647 was adopted in part in response to efforts by the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative. The cosmetics and disinfectants to which it applies are not, however, limited to those used in nail salons.