What is California Proposition 65?

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, also known as Proposition 65, is an environmental protection regulation designed to protect residents and the environment from excessive exposure to harmful chemical carcinogens and other toxins. Introduced in California in 1986, Proposition 65 requires the state to publish and maintain an updated list of  chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects and/or reproductive harm.

Today, the list includes close to 1,000 chemicals found in pesticides, food, drugs, solvents and a range of common household products, along with many chemicals used or discharged by the manufacturing and construction industries.

California Proposition 65 requires that clear and reasonable warnings be provided to individuals in California before exposing them to a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity (“Proposition 65 Chemical”) unless the exposure is below an established safe harbor level.

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