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About California Prop 65

What is California Proposition 65?

Proposition 65, otherwise known as "The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986" is a California law that 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 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.

Businesses that operate in the State of California are required to provide “clear and reasonable warning” on products sold in California if there is a chance their products contain any of the chemicals on the list. California requires all 'persons in the course of doing business' whose products are sold in California to comply with Proposition 65, in addition to federal laws for product safety.

What is the California Proposition 65 warning notice?

The following warning label must appear on products sold in California if they contain chemicals on the Proposition 65 list of hazardous substances.

warning WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm – www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

What types of chemicals are on the Proposition 65 list?

The law requires California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987. The list contains a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that include additives or ingredients in pesticides, common household products, food, drugs, dyes, or solvents. Listed chemicals may also be used in manufacturing and construction, or they may be byproducts of chemical processes, such as motor vehicle exhaust. Learn how chemicals are added to the Proposition 65 list here. https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov/about/how-chemicals-are-added-proposition-65-list

What chemical(s) in Ricardo Beverly Hills products does this warning apply to?

All Ricardo Beverly Hills parts and fabrics are made from durable and safe materials. However, as there are many chemicals used throughout manufacturing processes, our products may contain a trace amount of any of the 900 chemicals on the California Proposition 65 warning list.

Are Ricardo Beverly Hills products in compliance with federal product safety laws?

Yes. Ricardo Beverly Hills products are in full compliance with all federal laws for product safety.

Where can I get more information on California Proposition 65?

For general information on the Proposition 65, please visit
www.p65warnings.ca.gov.

Proposition 65 Questions and Answers

  1. What is Proposition 65?
  2. I saw a warning on your website/hangtag about cancer/reproductive harm. What does it mean?
  3. Will your product give me cancer? Is it safe?
  4. If it’s safe, why do you have a cancer/reproductive harm warning?
  5. What chemicals are in your products? Which ones will give me cancer?
  6. Where can I get a list of the chemicals in your products?
  7. What kind of reproductive harm/cancer am I at risk for?
  8. How likely/at risk for cancer/reproductive harm am I if I use your products?
  9. Will the chemicals leak/transfer to my packed belongings, exposing me further?
  10. What are the acceptable concentrations in the product for chemicals listed under Prop 65?
  11. How can I reduce my risk?
  12. Where can I find out more about Prop 65?
  13. I have seen similar products that don’t have a label. Why are yours different?
  14. I don’t live in California, why am I seeing this?

1. What is Proposition 65? [Back to top]

In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. Known as Proposition 65, the initiative passed, and it requires the state to publish a list of chemicals that the state deems cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. This list, must be updated at least once a year, and has grown to include over 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.

Prop 65 also requires companies doing business in California to provide a warning on their products sold to Californians if the products contain or are manufactured at a place that contains one or more of the chemicals on the list—often in extremely small trace amounts—all of which is determined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). For more specific information, you can visit their website at p65warnings.ca.gov.

2. I saw a warning on your website/hangtag about cancer/reproductive harm. What does it mean? [Back to top]

Proposition 65 (a California law) requires companies doing business in the state of California to provide a warning on products sold to Californians if the products contain or are manufactured at a place that contains one or more of the items on a list of over 900 natural and manmade substances and chemicals. For the complete list, you can visit p65warnings.ca.gov.

A Proposition 65 warning does not necessarily mean a product is in violation of any federal product-safety laws or regulations. When used in a manner for which they were intended, we believe our products to be safe. Moreover, our rigorous quality testing ensures they meet or exceed the health and safety standards set by the federal government.

3. Will your product give me cancer? Is it safe? [Back to top]

A Proposition 65 warning does not necessarily mean a product is in violation of any federal product-safety laws or regulations. When used in a manner for which they were intended, we believe our products to be safe. Moreover, our rigorous quality testing ensures our products meet or exceed the health and safety standards set by the federal government.

Prop 65 is also highly controversial, because it requires companies to provide the same, alarming health-risk warnings for traces of substances in amounts that are 1,000 times less than what has been scientifically proven not to cause risk of harm to humans. (See question #10 for more).

4. If it’s safe, why do you have a cancer/reproductive harm warning? [Back to top]

In the case of California’s Prop 65, determining anticipated levels of exposure to over 900 chemicals can be very complex. It is cost prohibitive to test them all and prove that the presence of a listed chemical is what California might consider a No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) or Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL).

While all of our products meet or exceed health and safety requirements set by the federal government, we include the warning to comply with the California law to avoid costly litigation and testing that is deemed unnecessary by our compliance with already strict federal health and safety standards and regulation.

A Proposition 65 warning does not necessarily mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standard, law, or regulation.

5. What chemicals are in your products? Which ones will give me cancer/reproductive harm? [Back to top]

We use the same materials and manufacturing methods to create our products as those used to create other goods and products you already have around the house (like food containers, furniture, décor) with commonly used materials like aluminum, plastics, and steel. These materials may come into contact or be manufactured with a number of different chemicals throughout the process, but our rigorous quality testing ensures the final product meets exacting health and safety standards set by the federal government before it leaves our warehouse.

6. Where can I get a list of the chemicals in your products? [Back to top]

While we don’t have a page that lists chemicals that might be found in our products, we typically list the main materials in our products on our website. Based on rigorous quality testing, we can assure you that any amounts that may be present are less than the limits prescribed within exacting health and safety standards set by the federal government.

7. What kind of reproductive harm/cancer am I at risk for? [Back to top]

Proposition 65 doesn’t list specific types of reproductive harm or cancers. Please visit p65warnings.ca.gov for more information and details on contacting the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) directly for more information.

8. How likely/at risk for cancer and/or reproductive harm am I if I use your products? [Back to top]

When using our products in a manner for which they were intended, we believe the risk, if any, is extremely minimal. A Proposition 65 warning does not necessarily mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standard, law, or regulation. Our rigorous quality testing ensures the final product meets exacting health and safety standards set by the federal government before anything leaves our warehouse.

9. Will the chemicals leak/transfer to my packed belongings, exposing me further? [Back to top]

Any chemicals that may be present are trace amounts—less than the limits prescribed within exacting health and safety standards set by the federal government.

One of the reasons these limits are so strict is to protect against the unlikely possibility of transfer, which would occur only in situations where our products were being used in a manner for which they weren’t intended.

10. What are the acceptable concentrations in the product for chemicals listed under Prop 65? [Back to top]

This varies by substance. But Prop 65 breaks down how they determine concentrations and limits as follows:

“For chemicals that are listed as causing cancer, the ‘no significant risk level’ is defined as the level of exposure that would result in not more than one excess case of cancer in 100,000 individuals exposed to the chemical over a 70-year lifetime. In other words, a person exposed to the chemical at the ‘no significant risk level’ for 70 years would not have more than a ‘one in 100,000’ chance of developing cancer as a result of that exposure.

“For chemicals listed as causing birth defects or reproductive harm, the ‘no observable effect level’ is determined by identifying the level of exposure that has been shown to not pose any harm to humans or laboratory animals. Proposition 65 then requires this ‘no observable effect level’ to be divided by 1,000 in order to provide an ample margin of safety.”

11. How can I reduce my risk? [Back to top]

Use our products to help you explore our wonderful planet, and don’t use them in a manner for which they weren’t intended; e.g., don’t burn them.

12. Where can I find out more about Prop 65? [Back to top]

You can visit p65warnings.ca.gov for more detailed information from the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).

13. Why have I seen similar products that don’t have a warning? [Back to top]

Products without warnings can’t be assumed to be chemical free or exempt from the Prop 65 warning requirement. It’s possible that the product isn’t sold in California – the only state that requires this warning label. Some companies only put the labels on products that will be sold in California, so you won’t see them unless you buy the product there. Finally, older products sold prior to when the labeling requirement went into effect, may also contain the listed chemical(s).

14. I don’t live in California, why am I seeing this? [Back to top]

In the USA, the same distribution channels serve all fifty States. From a practical standpoint, due to the nature of how our products are distributed across the nation, we cannot predict which exact product may end up being sold to someone in California, so we place warnings on all of our products.

A Proposition 65 warning does not necessarily mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standard, law, or regulation. Our rigorous quality testing ensures our products meet or exceed the health and safety standards set by the federal government.