What is Proposition 65?

Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was an initiative California voters approved. The initiative to share transparency for the growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals.

The “Prop 65” warnings are only required under California law. Prop 65 standards are among the most stringent standards in place anywhere and are often far more stringent than federal standards. 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 in the environment. 

Q: What are the requirements under Proposition 65?

A: The state of California is required to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. The list now has more than 900 chemicals and is required to be updated at least once a year. All businesses that sell items in or into the State of California are required to provide a clear and reasonable warning prior to purchase on items that contain a listed chemical.

Q: Where can I get more information?

A: If you would like more information regarding Proposition 65 please visit: https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/proposition-65-faqs.