SAFEGUARDS | HardgoodsNO. 011/22
California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is the ‘Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, a ballot initiative passed overwhelmingly by Californian residents in November 1986. It requires the state to publish a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects and/or reproductive harm. First published in 1987, the list has evolved to more than 900 chemicals.
Lead has been listed as a chemical known to cause birth defects and reproductive harm since 1987, and cancer since 1992. Unless specifically exempted, companies doing business in California have been required to provide ‘a clear and reasonable warning’ before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to lead since February 1988.
In this communication, several settlements involving consumer products containing lead are summarized in Table 1. It is interesting to note that the parties in entries in 1-3 and 5 agreed to releasable lead as part of the settlement agreement. Furthermore, the settlement in entry 6 reformulates di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP, CAS 117-81-7) and di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP, CAS 84-74-2) in additional to lead as part of the agreement. Additionally, all these settlements allow a Prop 65 warning as an alternative.
|1||Ceramic planters with exterior designs||≤ 90 ppm lead and ≤ 1 μg lead (NIOSH 9100), otherwise warning|
|2||Desk organizers with brass components||≤ 90 ppm lead, and ≤ 1.0 μg lead (NIOSH 9100), otherwise warning|
Exterior designs on:
|≤ 1 μg lead (NIOSH 9100) otherwise warning|
|4||Garden hoses||≤ 100 ppm lead otherwise warning|
|5||Holiday decor bells with exterior decorations||≤ 90 ppm lead and ≤ 1 μg lead (NIOSH 9100), otherwise warning|
|6||Rubber couplings (flexible couplings)||≤ 100 ppm lead, and
≤ 1000 ppm each of DEHP and DBP, otherwise warning
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