Nickel in Stainless Steel under Proposition 65

Question Posed:

Since nickel causes cancer, shouldn't all stainless steel products have warning labels?

Answer Provided:

For the purposes of clarification, OEHHA notes that nickel alloys are distinct from nickel compounds, and are not included in the Proposition 65 listing of nickel compounds. A nickel compound is a substance consisting of nickel and one or more other elements combined in definite proportions (e.g., by ionic or covalent bonds). A nickel alloy is a mixture of nickel with one or more other elements, typically produced by mixing molten nickel with other substances. The atoms in an alloy are not covalently or ionically bonded in fixed ratios.

Reference: https://oehha.ca.gov/media/downloads/crnr/050704notelistnick.pdf

**Article contents valid as of 2019-03-14

 

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