Proposition 65, officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, requires businesses to provide a clear and reasonable warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to chemicals that are known to the state to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. Businesses should be aware of the levels of harmful chemicals in their products and of applicable Proposition 65 requirements. For more information on Proposition 65 and how to comply with its requirements, please visit: https://oehha.ca.gov
Under Prop 65, no person in the course of doing business shall knowingly and intentionally expose any individual to a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without first giving clear and reasonable warning to such individuals.
Producers and distributors may comply with Prop 65 either by affixing a label to the product bearing the required warning, or by providing a written notice directly to a retail seller. For lumber and other wood products, posting of warning signs meeting the specifications of the regulation, is the only one safe-harbor warning method for wood dust exposures.
The new Prop 65 regulation includes descriptions of the responsibilities of the producers, distributors and retailers.Producers’ Responsibilities:
Retailers should understand that the posting of warnings at the point of display or sale is currently the only safe-harbor warning method for wood dust exposures.
As the only safe harbor, the wood dust exposure warning content in the regulation is deemed by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to be clear and reasonable for lumber and other wood products complies with Proposition 65 requirements if the warning “is displayed either at the point of sale or display of the raw wood products in a manner likely to be seen by the purchaser. The notice or sign must be no smaller than 8 ½ by 11 inches and printed in no smaller than 20-point type.”
Lumber and other wood products expose consumers to wood dust and other chemicals. Since there is no safe determinations provided for these other chemicals, the WWPA Prop 65 warning sign includes warning content for other chemicals.