California Proposition 65
What is this warning?
You may have seen a warning label similar to the one shown below associated with our products, as well as on many other products purchased from other manufacturers:
The warning does not mean our products will necessarily cause cancer or other harm. Moreover, a Proposition 65 warning does not mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements. In fact, the California government has clarified that “the fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not mean by itself that the product is unsafe.” The government has also explained, “You could think of Proposition 65 more as a ‘right to know’ law than a pure product safety law.”
While we believe our products are not harmful when used as designed, we choose to provide the warning as a result of this California law.
What is Proposition 65?
Proposition 65 is a 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. Proposition 65 mandates that the Governor of California 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 annually, includes a wide variety of chemicals that can be found in many everyday items, such as plastics, dyes, solvents, drugs, food-additives, by-products of certain processes, and pesticides.
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 more than 900 chemicals that the California Air Resources Board considers harmful. 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”.
A Proposition 65 warning generally means one of two things: (1) the business has evaluated the exposure and has concluded that it exceeds the "no significant risk level"; or (2) the business has chosen to provide a warning simply based on it’s knowledge about the presence of a listed chemical without attempting to evaluate the exposure.
Why does Premier 1 include this warning?
Premier 1 has chosen to provide a warning based on its knowledge about the presence of one or more listed chemicals without attempting to evaluate the level of exposure, as not all of the listed chemicals provide exposure limit requirements. With Premier 1 products, the exposure may be negligible or well within the “no significant risk” range. However, out of an abundance of caution, Premier 1 has elected to provide the Proposition 65 warnings.
The penalties for not complying with Proposition 65 are high. As a result of the potential penalties, Premier 1, as well as many other manufacturers, have elected to provide the Proposition 65 notice on all applicable products out of an abundance of caution in order to avoid the potential for liability.
I purchased this product outside of California, why is it included?
Premier 1 products are sold nationwide. It would be extremely difficult and costly to determine which products will be ultimately sold or brought into California. Therefore, to ensure compliance with Proposition 65 requirements, Premier 1 has decided to include these warnings on all applicable products, regardless of where they are sold.
For more information about Proposition 65 please visit: https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov/.