California Residents - Proposition 65 Warning

Proposition 65 (Prop 65), the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is a California law that requires the state to keep a list of chemicals that the State of California has identified may cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. There are now over 950 chemicals on the Prop 65 hazardous substances list.  The full list can be found on the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) website.

As part of Prop 65, businesses selling products to people in California must provide “clear and reasonable warnings” before knowingly exposing people to any chemical on the list, unless the expected level of exposure would pose no significant cancer risk. 

The law defines “no significant risk” as a level of exposure that would cause no more than 1 extra case of cancer in 100,000 people over a 70-year lifetime. So a compound can be unlabeled if a person exposed to the substance at the expected level for 70 years is estimated to have a 1 in 100,000 chance or less of getting cancer due to that exposure. The law also has similar strict cutoff levels for birth defects and reproductive harm.

There are many commonly used items that fall under Prop 65's mandates.  Additionally, real estate properties are subject to California’s Prop 65 mandates due to the possibility of hazardous chemicals being present in the nearby environment. Some of the product categories sold in the State of California, and California locations that require California Prop 65 warning labels include: products made with leather, vinyl, foam, synthetic and non-woven material, beauty products, glassware, ceramics, batteries, retail stores, etc.  

All of CALPAK parts and fabrics are made from durable and safe materials, in full compliance with federal safety regulations.  However, as there are many chemicals used throughout the manufacturing process, it is possible that our products may contain trace amounts of one or more of the 950+ chemicals on the California Proposition 65 warning list. 

Prop 65 warning labels are primarily used in the sale of products to California residents. We attach one to our products no matter where they go to inform the consumer, even though by law we are not required to do so if the consumer lives outside of California.Proposition 65 is more of a “right to know” law than a pure product safety law. Voters who approved Proposition 65 in 1986 intended that Californians should have a right to know when they may be exposed to chemicals that cause cancer or reproductive harm.There are trace amounts of these chemicals in more products than you may know, but only in California it is a requirement to tell the consumer.We hope that the information above helps in answering your questions, below are some links with more information on Prop 65 Act.


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