Due to California’s Proposition 65 Law, all products sold into California must either have extensive testing on over 850 potential chemicals and substances that may or may not be in the product OR a warning label. Because there is no way to scientifically ascertain with 100% certainty that a products doesn’t have such a chemical, it has forced companies to post a warning on all products that may be sold into California. The poor way in which Prop65 was written, has also led to “ambulance chasers” filing lawsuits against companies hoping to get payouts.
While we feel our products are safe when used as designed, ISP Technologies, LLC will now include a Prop65 warning label on either the product packaging or manual as it would be impossible to test each product for every possible chemical that may or may not be hazardous. However, plastics, coatings, electronics and wiring, etc. may contain traces amounts of a chemical that could be on the growing list in California Proposition 65, aka -the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. This results in a right-to-know warning label for products sold in California.
The warning does not mean that our products actually will cause any harm. Moreover, a Proposition 65 warning does not mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements. In fact, the California government has clarified that “the fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not mean by itself that the product is unsafe.” The government has also explained, “You could think of Proposition 65 more as a ‘right to know’ law than a pure product safety law.” (oehha.ca.gov/prop65/background/).
About California Proposition 65
Proposition 65 entitles California consumers to warnings for products that contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm if those products expose consumers to such chemicals above certain levels.
If a product requires a Proposition 65 warning, the warning may be located with or on the product packaging, or the warning may be located on your receipt or order confirmation document.
To get more detailed info about Proposition 65, visit the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) website.