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Prop 65 Warning Labels

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Fabrico Can Assist With Prop 65 Warning Labels

NEW!  Fabrico can assist manufacturers in selecting the appropriate label material and adhesive for their Proposition 65 warning labels.  Fabrico can also help guide manufacturers in the proper artwork and copy to fulfill Proposition 65 requirements.

So, what is Proposition 65?

Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.  These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals.

Proposition 65 also prohibits California businesses from knowingly discharging significant amounts of listed chemicals into sources of drinking water.

Proposition 65 requires California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, 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.

Proposition 65 became law in November 1986, when California voters approved it by a 63-37 percent margin.  The official name of Proposition 65 is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.

What does a warning mean?

If a warning is placed on a product label or posted or distributed at a workplace, a business, or in rental housing, the business issuing the warning is aware or believes that it is exposing individuals to one or more listed chemicals.

By law, a warning must be given for listed chemicals unless the exposure is low enough to pose no significant risk of cancer or is significantly below levels observed to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. 

Who administers Proposition 65?

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) administers the Proposition 65 program. OEHHA, which is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), determines in many cases whether chemicals meet the scientific and legal requirements for placement on the Proposition 65 list, and administers regulations that govern warnings and other aspects of Proposition 65.

What are the penalties for violating Proposition 65?

Penalties for violating Proposition 65 by failing to provide warnings can be as high as $2,500 per violation per day.

How can Fabrico help?

Fabrico can assist manufacturers in selecting the appropriate label material and adhesive for their Proposition 65 warning labels.  Fabrico can also help guide manufacturers in the proper artwork and copy to fulfill Proposition 65 requirements.

For more information or to start your labeling process, Contact Us.

This is for informational purposes and does not contain or convey legal advice. The information herein should not be used or relied upon in regard to any particular facts or circumstances without first consulting a lawyer.

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