A number of new California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) settlement agreements have been reached on the use of lead in various consumer products. Lead has consistently been targeted since it was listed as a chemical known to cause developmental toxicity in males and females in February 1987.
The most recent settlements involve:
- Bird fountains - warning
- Brake adapters and related parts - warning
- Brass finials - ≤ 125 ppm/wipe (NIOSH 9100) otherwise warning
- Brass locks, hose & adapters, and tee connectors - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
- Brass hammers and brass punch sets - ≤ 0.03% otherwise warning
- Brass plates (Electrical and electronic devices) - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
- Brass surface bolt products - ≤ 0.25% otherwise warning
- Brass waste shoes - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
- Brass Y connectors - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
- Brass terminals - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
- Compression connectors - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
- Conversion kits - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
- Flasks - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
- Flow valves - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
- Hot tool points, which are tips placed at the end of hot tools (devices similar to a soldering iron) for purposes of burning and cutting as part of craft projects - ≤ 300 ppm otherwise warning
- Hydrant adapters - warning
- Kitchen spray hose - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
- Subway tiles - warning
- Toilet tank ball guides, including toilet ball guide adjustable and toilet tank ball guide brass - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
- Valve cores - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
- Vacuum breakers - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
- Vertical poultry roasters - ≤ 90 ppm and ≤ 1 μg (NIOSH 9100)
- Vehicle brake and suspension system components, including but not limited to air coils - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
- Washer gutter cleaners and their component parts, including but not limited to coupling accessories - ≤ 100 ppm otherwise warning
California Proposition 65 is the “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, a unique consumer ‘right-to-know’ law which was passed by Californian residents in November 1986. The law requires the state of California to maintain a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm. Currently, the list contains around 800 substances and has consistently targeted consumer products containing flame retardants, lead and phthalates.
Prop 65 has led to numerous lawsuits, resulting in a reduction in exposure to toxic chemicals, by requiring reformulation and/or labeling. The law states that, unless exempted, a business must not expose individuals to the chemicals on the list without giving a Prop 65 warning, the language for which will change in August 2018. In addition, companies must also cease discharging listed chemicals into sources of drinking water.
Businesses with less than 10 employees and government agencies are exempt from these two provisions, as are businesses where exposure creates no significant risk of cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Businesses not named in specific Prop 65 settlement are not legally bound by that agreement. However, due to the unique nature of Prop 65, companies are advised to use settlement reformulation limits as a reference to avoid possible future litigation.
SGS Prop 65 Services
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