The Keeney Manufacturing Company is continuing its ongoing efforts with government compliance for the benefit of our customers. We are conducting events and transitions to assure continued compliance with the changes to Californiaís Prop 65 requirements going into effect on August 30, 2018.
In November 1986, California voters approved a ballot initiative to address concerns about exposures to toxic chemicals. That initiative became The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name, Proposition 65. http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/background/p65plain.html
This law requires the state of California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 1,000 chemicals since it was first published in 1987. Therefore, California requires us to mark our products accordingly if any of the chemicals on this list are contained in or are used in the production of the product. You can download that list by following this link: http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/prop65_list/Newlist.html.
First, it requires the State of California to publish a list of chemicals that are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 1,000 chemicals since it was first published in 1987. You can download that list by following this link: http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/prop65_list/Newlist.html
Second, it requires manufacturers to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before exposing anyone to a listed chemical. This warning can be given by a variety of means, such as by labeling a consumer product, by posting signs at the workplace, or by publishing notices in a newspaper.
The list contains a wide range of chemicals and materials, including many metals and plastics, dyes, solvents, pesticides, drugs, food additives, and byproducts of certain processes. These chemicals may be naturally occurring, or synthetic. Some of them are ingredients of common household products, others are specialty chemicals used in common industrial applications.
Proposition 65 means that the manufacturer issuing the warning believes that one or more listed chemicals is present in its product, even if it is only present in trace quantities. The Keeney Manufacturing Company has chosen to label all of its plumbing products that contain listed chemicals with a Proposition 65 warning. We use language approved by the State of California as follows:
"WARNING: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm."
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, OEHHA, maintains a comprehensive website at http://www.oehha.org/prop65.html. This website explains the law and offers a list of all the chemicals and materials.
You can also e-mail or telephone the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's Proposition 65 Implementation Office at (916) 445-6900.