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Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is a California law that requires businesses to provide warning labels on products that contain chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. This law is intended to protect Californians from harmful chemicals in their daily lives, and to encourage businesses to use safer alternatives. The chemicals listed under Proposition 65 are evaluated by the state of California and are published on the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) website.

What are some common chemicals listed under Proposition 65?

Some common chemicals listed under Proposition 65 include lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and benzene. These chemicals can be found in a wide range of products, including food, toys, jewelry, electronics, and household products.

What are the exemptions under Proposition 65?

There are several exemptions under Proposition 65, including exemptions for foods, drugs, and medical devices that are regulated by the FDA. There are also exemptions for businesses with less than 10 employees, and for businesses that can prove that the exposure level is below the “no significant risk level” established by the state.

What are the benefits of Proposition 65?

Proposition 65 has several benefits. It provides consumers with important information about the potential health risks associated with products. It also encourages businesses to reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Additionally, the regulation has led to significant reductions in the use of certain chemicals and the associated health risks.

Who is affected by Proposition 65?

Proposition 65 affects businesses that sell products in California that contain any of the chemicals listed under the regulation. This includes manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. It also affects businesses that expose individuals to the chemicals listed under the regulation, such as through air or water pollution.

What are the requirements for Proposition 65 compliance?

Businesses that sell products in California must provide a warning label if the product contains any of the chemicals listed under Proposition 65. The warning label must state that the product contains a chemical that is known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. The label must also provide a way for consumers to obtain more information about the chemical and its potential health effects.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

Businesses that fail to comply with Proposition 65 can face significant penalties. The law allows for private citizens to sue businesses for non-compliance, and the penalties for each violation can range from $2,500 to $10,000 per day. Additionally, the California Attorney General’s Office can also enforce the law and impose penalties on businesses that fail to comply.

How do businesses ensure Proposition 65 compliance?

Businesses can ensure Proposition 65 compliance by regularly reviewing the list of chemicals published by OEHHA and testing their products to determine if they contain any of the listed chemicals. If a product contains a listed chemical, the business must provide a warning label. Additionally, businesses can consult with legal experts and regulatory consultants to ensure that they are in compliance with the regulation.

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How does Proposition 65 affect consumers?

Proposition 65 allows consumers to make informed decisions about the products they purchase. The warning labels provide information about the potential health risks associated with the product. However, it is important to note that the presence of a chemical listed under Proposition 65 does not necessarily mean that the product is unsafe. The regulation simply requires businesses to provide warning labels so that consumers can make informed decisions.

How is Proposition 65 enforced?

Proposition 65 is enforced through private lawsuits and enforcement actions by the California Attorney General’s Office. Private citizens can sue businesses for non-compliance, and the California Attorney General’s Office can bring enforcement actions against businesses that fail to comply.

How does Proposition 65 compare to other chemical regulations?

Proposition 65 is one of the most stringent chemical regulations in the world. Other countries, such as Canada and the European Union, have similar laws but do not require warnings for all chemicals that are known to cause cancer or reproductive harm.

How can GTG assist you with Proposition 65 recognition?

Proposition 65 compliance is a crucial aspect of running a business, especially for those selling products in California. Non-compliance can result in costly fines and lawsuits that can damage your reputation and bottom line. Working with a GTG can help you navigate the complexities of Proposition 65 and ensure that your products are in compliance. By taking proactive steps to comply with Proposition 65, you can not only avoid costly consequences but also enhance your reputation as a responsible and ethical business owner. Contact us today!

(1) Identifying chemicals of concern

The first step in Proposition 65 compliance is identifying the chemicals of concern in your products. GTG can help you identify these chemicals and determine whether they are present in concentrations that require warning labels.

(2) Conducting testing

If your products contain chemicals of concern, you may need to conduct testing to determine the concentration of these chemicals. GTG can help you with this testing and provide you with the necessary documentation to demonstrate compliance with Proposition 65.

(3) Developing warning labels

If your products require warning labels, GTG can help you develop the appropriate language and format for these labels. They can also advise you on where to place the labels and how to make them visible to consumers.

(4) Updating product documentation

Compliance with Proposition 65 requires more than just warning labels. You also need to update your product documentation to reflect the presence of chemicals of concern. GTG can help you with this process and ensure that your documentation is accurate and up-to-date.

(5) Conducting annual audits

Proposition 65 compliance is an ongoing process. GTG can conduct annual audits to ensure that your products continue to comply with the law and that your documentation is up-to-date.

(6) Avoiding costly fines and lawsuits

Non-compliance with Proposition 65 can result in costly fines and lawsuits. By working with GTG, you can ensure that your business is in compliance and avoid these costly consequences.

(7) Staying up-to-date with changes to the law

Proposition 65 is a constantly evolving law, with new chemicals being added to the list of chemicals of concern on a regular basis. GTG can help you stay up-to-date with these changes and ensure that your products continue to comply with the law.

(8) Providing peace of mind

Compliance with Proposition 65 can be a stressful and time-consuming process. By working with GTG, you can have peace of mind knowing that your products are in compliance and that you are taking the necessary steps to protect your business from fines and lawsuits.

(9) Enhancing your reputation

Compliance with Proposition 65 is not just a legal requirement, it is also a way to enhance your reputation as a responsible and ethical business. By demonstrating your commitment to compliance, you can build trust with your customers and differentiate yourself from your competitors.

(10) Meeting other regulatory requirements

Working with GTG can also help you meet other regulatory requirements, such as those related to product safety or environmental sustainability. By consolidating your compliance efforts, you can save time and resources and ensure that your products meet all necessary regulations.

Sources: Our guidance and/or articles are written in part based on publicly available information, and our own practical experience relating to product testing, compliance and certification. These are some of the primary sources we use:
  1. https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65
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