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What is Proposition 65?

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa Mertes

Promo Expert

I’m not a stickler for rules, but it turns out Prop 65 is pretty important as far as laws go. We’re going go over what Prop 65 means for your products. Luckily this lesson is straightforward, simple, and to the point – no nonsense, just the way I like things. So let’s get down to it.

In 1986, The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (or what has come to be known as Proposition 65) was established in California. This environmental protection law primarily focuses on toxic chemicals and any places or things a person could come in contact with containing them. The law works to protect residents from harmful chemical exposure. It also protects California drinking water from contamination.

The main way Prop 65 does this is by requiring companies to place warning labels on all items manufactured with materials that are known to cause cancer or birth defects.

The Warning Label Reads:

WARNING: This product contains chemicals that are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

It Doesn't Hurt to be Informed

An official list of prohibited substances is available for public monitoring. Proposition 65 requires that this list be updated at least once every year, but it’s sometimes updated more frequently due to new research and information.

One reason why Proposition 65 passed with such support from voters in California is because it limits consumer exposure to lead in products. Lead can be kind of scary – it’s linked to serious birth defects in fetuses and illness in young children and can cause nervous system damage and cancer in adults. Prop 65 now assures that any amount of lead (or other potentially hazardous substances) used in the making of consumer products, no matter how small the amount, is labeled.

We will keep you safe!

All the products at Quality Logo Products are tested for quality and meet all safety requirements. However, some of the inks we use for imprinting products contain trace amounts of lead. This means that those products have to get a Prop 65 warning label. It doesn’t matter how miniscule the amount might be –Prop 65 requires we label it, so we do.

Proposition 65 helps California residents make informed decisions about buying or using products that have any trace elements of potentially hazardous chemicals. These labels on some of our products just mean that we’re complying with the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, like the law-loving people we are.

So there you have it: Prop 65 might have started in California, but it affects products going anywhere. It might just be a label, but it goes a long way towards keeping your customers safe and informed.