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California Proposition 65

In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative became the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name of Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.

What is Proposition 65?

Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By providing this information, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about protecting themselves from exposure to these chemicals. Proposition 65 also prohibits California businesses from knowingly discharging significant amounts of listed chemicals into sources of drinking water.

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) administers the Proposition 65 program. OEHHA, which is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), also evaluates all currently available scientific information on substances considered for placement on the Proposition 65 list.

What does this warning mean?

You may have seen the following warning associated with our products, as well as on other products purchased from other manufacturers:

WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm – https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov/

This warning does not necessarily mean that our products will cause cancer or reproductive harm, nor does it mean our product is in violation of any Federal or State product-safety standards or requirements. You could think of Proposition 65 more as a ‘right to know’ law than a pure product safety law. When a manufacturer utilizes the warning label, it means that one or more listed chemicals is present in its product, even if it is only present in trace quantities. It is important to understand that even though a product may contain a Proposition 65 listed chemical, it does not mean that the use of the product will cause any adverse health impacts, nor does it mean that the product is unsafe in any way or manner.

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Get more information about Proposition 65, including Bobrick’s position.
More information from the State of California >
Bobrick’s California Proposition 65 Declaration >