A Guide to Proposition-65

This page is meant to help you gain a better understanding of the regulation and how it will impact you.

Our products and relevant Proposition-65 information

Below, you'll find a spreadsheet that features a list of our products and their relevant Proposition-65 information. This list includes the product name, SKU and whether or not a Proposition-65 label is required. This list will be updated regularly.

What is Proposition-65?

Proposition-65 is a shorthand term for The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (California Proposition-65). Part of Proposition-65 relates to a ban on discharging certain chemicals into drinking water sources, but the part that concerns you is the part on warning requirements.

Proposition-65 requires businesses selling products in California to give consumers a “clear and reasonable warning” that chemicals in their products contain substances known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm.

What it boils down to is businesses are required to warn California consumers that the materials that make up their products contain substances or chemicals on California’s Proposition-65 chemical list, which is updated at least once per year.

What is the purpose of Proposition-65?

The idea behind the regulation is to ensure that California consumers are as informed as possible when buying goods.

The state of California wants consumers to know up front that a product is made of potentially dangerous substances, as opposed to having consumers find out years later.

Why are we adopting these regulations?

We take compliance seriously. As a manufacturer selling into California, we’re required by law to be compliant with Proposition-65. It’s not just us: every company that sells to California is required to get compliant with these regulations.

Should products featuring warnings be avoided?

No! Nothing about our products has changed.  We're required to label products if they have even trace amounts of a chemical.

The goal of Proposition-65 isn’t to prevent consumers from using certain goods. Instead, per California’s OEHHA, Proposition-65 is meant “to notify consumers that they are being exposed to chemicals that are known [to the state of California] to cause cancer and/or reproductive toxicity.”

However, the OEHHA goes on to say that a Proposition-65 warning “does not necessarily mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements.”

It’s important to remember that we produce all of our products according to both federal and internal safety standards. We subject our products to rigorous third-party testing to ensure that they are safe for everyone to use.

These safety policies and procedures remain in place, and we continue to be committed to manufacturing safe products. As a result, you should remain confident that you are providing safe, quality goods to your customers.

What changes will I notice?

Prop 65 warning labelAs of September 2018, we will be applying warning labels on our products consistent with the requirements outlined in Proposition-65. These warnings will mention that the products inside the package are made of substances that contain chemicals on California’s Proposition-65 list. Labels will follow the Proposition-65 standards. The warnings will explain the risk of cancer, reproductive harm or both, depending on the chemical.

You’ll also notice a similar warning appearing on our marketing materials and website going forward. These warnings will follow the same standards discussed above.

I don’t like these labels. Why shouldn’t I just switch to different supplier?

All manufacturers selling into the state of California are required to comply with Proposition-65 regulations.

If a manufacturer isn’t complying with the warning label requirements, they’re putting themselves at risk for a lawsuit. As a reseller, if you then sell that non-compliant manufacturer’s product to customers in California, your organization is at risk for a lawsuit as well.

Simply put, any organization that isn’t complying with these regulations is putting its business partners at risk. We have high standards for our products and will not do anything that could put our partners in jeopardy. Complying with these regulations is necessary for us to ensure that our partners are protected

What if I see conflicting product information on third-party sites?

If you see warning labels or Proposition-65 content on products of ours that appear on third-party websites and it conflicts with the content we provided to you, you should use the content provided by us. We cannot control third-party content, so we cannot guarantee its accuracy.

You can trust that the Proposition-65 content on our websites has been verified by our team and is the correct information.

Where can you get more information?

The best place for information is on California’s Proposition-65 website. The website features the current list of chemicals and substances, notices and more. 

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