What is Proposition 65?
It is California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name of Proposition 65. It requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about 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 released into the environment. By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals.
Proposition 65 requires California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. The list contains a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals. This list can be found here: www.P65Warnings.ca.gov Any amount of a listed chemical, even contamination or trace amounts, require a warning. A chemical needs to have only a one-in-100,000 chance of upping your risk for cancer to merit a written warning to consumers.
As a point of reference, below are a few common products that contain chemicals included on the current Prop 65 list:
• Cell phones
• Refrigerators, stoves, microwaves
• Most furniture
• Extension cords
• Wood dust
• Sunscreen (titanium dioxide)
• Plastic shower curtains
• Food products
• Power tools
• Cosmetics and beauty products
• Alcoholic beverages
• Roasted coffee
• Automobiles and trucks
• Intravenous solution bags, tubing for dialysis, feeding tubes, oxygen masks, and surgical gloves
Our products are primarily manufactured like furniture; using wood, foam, fabrics, plastics, metals, and electrical components. You can read the Prop 65 fact sheet on Furniture Products here: https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov/fact-sheets/furniture-products.
WARNING: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to wood dust, a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/wood
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals, including antimony oxide, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and methanol, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov