California Proposition 65 Warning
WHAT IS CALIFORNIA PROP 65?
California Proposition 65 is a law that is unique to the State of California. Regulations concerning the law are processed through the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), which maintains a list of chemicals that it determines as ‘known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or reproductive toxicity’.
Prop 65 prohibits anyone in the course of doing business in California or selling a product to a consumer in California to knowingly and intentionally expose any individual to a chemical, even in very minimal amounts, that the California OEHHA has added to the list, without giving a warning.
DOES CA PROP 65 APPLY TO ALL PRODUCTS?
Yes, Prop 65 applies to all consumer products, both children’s and adult products.
HOW DOES THE WARNING LABEL LOOK?
WARNING “This product can expose you to chemicals known to the State of California to cause Cancer, birth defect or other reproductive harm such as but not limited to Di-n-butyl Phthalate (DBP). For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov ”
California residents will see many of their products attached with a label stating “WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm.”
This a result of the California law known as the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 or “Proposition 65". Which requires a warning label on the item stating that it may contain chemicals that are determined by the state of California to cause cancer and/or reproductive harm
Prop. 65 is a law that applies to companies that operate or sell products to California residents. Customers can decide on their own if they want to purchase or use the product. A Proposition 65 warning does not necessarily mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standard, law or regulation.
The warning does not mean our products will necessarily cause cancer or other harm. Moreover, a Proposition 65 warning does not mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements. In fact, the California government has clarified that “the fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not mean by itself that the product is unsafe.” The government has also explained, “You could think of Proposition 65 more as a ‘right to know’ law than a pure product safety law.”
While we believe our products are not harmful when used as designed, we choose to provide the warning in an abundance of caution to comply with the California law and avoid lawsuits.
For more information posting requirements, or for details about the Prop 65 warning language, see http://www.p65warnings.ca.gov