What is Prop 65?
Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals.
Proposition 65 also prohibits California businesses from knowingly discharging significant amounts of listed chemicals into sources of drinking water.
Proposition 65 requires California to publish a list of chemicals known 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 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.
Proposition 65 became law in November 1986, when California voters approved it by a 63-37 percent margin. The official name of Proposition 65 is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.
For more info on Prop 65, go to: www.p65warnings.ca.gov
For a fully updated list of all the chemicals and compounds that are known to the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, go to: https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/proposition-65-list
Lead: Can cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Lead can be found in brass fittings. View the fact sheet here.
Carbon Monoxide: Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. It is formed during the combustion of various fuels. View the fact sheet here.
Bisphenol A: BPA is a widely used chemical that be found in linings, plastics, and other materials. It can cause harm to the female reproductive system. View the fact sheet here.
Furniture Product Exposure: Some furniture products can expose you to chemicals which are known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. View the fact sheet here.
Want to see more? View all of the Prop 65 fact sheets here.
More Info on Prop 65
If you have specific questions on the administration or implementation of Proposition 65, you can contact OEHHA’s Proposition 65 program at P65.Questions@oehha.ca.gov, or by phone at (916) 445-6900.
For enforcement information, contact the California Attorney General’s Office at (510) 622-2160, or visit https://oag.ca.gov/prop65.