CA PROP 65
Proposition 65 is a California law officially known as the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. It requires businesses to provide a “clear and reasonable” warning before exposing persons, consumers, employees and the general public to chemicals that are known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defect or other reproductive harm (“Listed Chemicals”). The Proposition 65 warning applies, among others, to exposures from consumer products. A business must provide a warning with its product if it is reasonably foreseeable that a person in the state of California will buy or receive the product.
Proposition 65 does not ban the use of any chemicals, but is intended to ensure the public is informed as to its exposure to Listed Chemicals.
The list of the 800+ Prop 65 chemicals can be found at: www.oehha.ca.gov
This list is periodically updated.
We are continuously striving to reduce or eliminate any chemicals that may be considered harmful. We have, for example, eliminated lead from our products, and have reduced the levels of all other heavy metals in all of our products to a level below the safe harbor level established in Prop.65. Also most of our products do not contain any of the phthalates listed in Prop.65.
However, due to the continual addition/deletion of chemicals from Proposition 65 list and the other reasons established above, we cannot guarantee that our products will meet Prop.65 on any given date and urge our customers also apply the proper caution in this matter.
A business is not required to provide a warning if it can prove that the exposure to any Listed Chemical present in the product resulting from its normal, intended use does not pose a “significant risk” to the average user. Unfortunately, while the State of California has identified so-called “safe harbor” exposure levels, there is little regulatory guidance to determine whether or when the use of a product results in exposure below those levels and thus poses no significant risk to the average user. Because of this, Proposition 65 places the burden on the business to prove that intended use of a product poses no significant risk. While we strongly believe that our products, when used correctly, pose no significant risk we have chosen like many of our industry colleagues and like most other consumer product industries to also provide the following warning out of an abundance of caution: