California Proposition 65

California Proposition 65 (formally titled "The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986") 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 800 chemicals since it was first publisged in 1987. 
*New Warning regulation went into effect on August 30th, 2018 

Important factors of California Proposition 65

  • It is NOT a restriction of chemicals

  • It is a "warning" sign requirement

  • Lawsuits for violations can be initiated by the public/private enforcers

  • Over 900+ chemicals listed

  • Defending a lawsuit can be costly

  • It applies to virtually every product sold in California, U.S

New "Clear and Reasonable Warnings" label

  • Product "can expose you to" instead of "contains"

  • Yellow warning sign must be displayed

  • "Warning" must be displayed in all capital and bold letters

  • Name at least 1 listed chemical that prompted the warning

  • Internet address for OEHHA's new CA Prop 65 warnings website,

Top 10 Product Categories for California Proposition 65

  • Health Care

  • Personal Accessories

  • Kitchen Merchandise

  • Sports Equipment

  • Lawn Supplies

  • Household / Office Furniture

  • Tools

  • Plumbing / HVAC

  • Beauty / Personal Care

  • Food / Beverage / Toabacco