What is Proposition 65?
Proposition 65 is broad law that applies to any company operating in California, selling products in California, or manufacturing products that may be sold in or brought into California. It mandates that the Governor of California, through the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) maintain and publish a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects and/or other reproductive harm. The list, which must be updated at least annually, includes a wide variety of chemicals that can be found in many everyday items, such as dyes, solvents, drugs, food-additives, by-products of certain processes, pesticides and tobacco products. The purpose of Proposition 65 is to ensure that people are informed about exposure to these chemicals.
Proposition 65 also requires warnings to be placed on any product, product packaging, or literature accompanying a product that contains or may contain any of the 900+ chemicals that OEHHA has listed. As noted above, many of the elements listed under Proposition 65 have been routinely used in everyday consumer items for years without documented harm.
A warning must be given if the listed chemical is merely present in a product unless a business demonstrates that the exposure it causes poses “no significant risk.” The “no significant risk” levels established under the law present some of the most conservative public health levels in the world. With respect to carcinogens, the “no significant risk” level is defined as the level which is calculated to result in not more than one excess case of cancer in 100,000 individuals exposed over a 70-year lifetime. In other words, if you are exposed to the chemical in question at this level every day for 70 years, theoretically, it will increase your chances of getting cancer by no more than 1 case in 100,000 individuals so exposed.
For more information about Proposition 65, visit: www.//oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65
What does the Proposition 65 Warning on my C&A Pro product mean?
“This product can expose you to chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm,” is not what you would normally see when you receive your new high performance snowmobile skis. You may even find it a little alarming. If you live in California you will find this warning on just about everything you see, whether it is in your home, restaurants and even theme parks.
This warning is the result of a law passed in California in 1986, referred to as the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, or more generally referred to as “Proposition 65”.
Why does C&A Pro include this warning?
C&A Pro strives to comply with all applicable laws, including Proposition 65. With the way Proposition 65 is structured, however, it is not possible to determine, with 100% certainty, whether or not a particular product requires a warning for any one of the 900+ chemicals on the Proposition 65 list.
We believe our products are not harmful when used as designed. We provide the warning to comply with this California right-to-know law.
I purchased this product outside of California; why is there a warning included?
Our Products are sold worldwide. It would be extremely difficult and costly to determine which products we be ultimately sold or brought into California. Therefore, to ensure compliance with Proposition 65 requirements, we have decided to include these warnings on all of our products, regardless of destination.