Proposition 65, Wood Tools, and Wood Dust

Question: Are woodworking tools in scope for California Proposition 65 warning requirements?

Answer: California Proposition 65 requires warning for "intended or foreseeable" product use that can cause exposure to listed substances. Since the intended use of wood tools will likely generate wood dust,
the wood dust warning is applicable.

The warning must include the following text: "<yellow triangle> WARNING: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to wood dust, a substance known to the State
of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for
personal protection."

The regulation specifically calls out the wood dust warning requirements for "consumer product
exposures to wood dust by drilling, sawing, sanding or machining raw wood products". If the
product's intended or foreseeable use does not expose consumers to wood dust, even during building or installation, then a warning is probably not required.


Article current as of 2018-11-30.

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