Suppliers of latex resistance bands are
reminded of two recent California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) 60-day notices that
have been issued relating to the substance N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA).
Prop 65, or the ‘Safe Drinking Water
and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, is a unique piece of legislation passed in November
1986. It requires the state to maintain a list of chemicals (Prop 65 List)
known to cause cancer, birth defects and/or reproductive harm. Unless exempted,
businesses operating in California must provide ‘a clear and reasonable
warning’ (Prop 65 Warning) before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone
to a substance on the Prop 65 List, which now contains around 900 chemicals.
Companies have twelve months to comply with this requirement once a substance
is included in the Prop 65 List.
NDEA was included in the Prop 65 list
in October 1987 as a chemical that can cause cancer. It is used in lubricant
additives and plastic stabilizers and can be a by-product from the manufacture
of elastomeric materials.
The two 60-day notices of violation
relating to NDEA and latex exercise bands were issued in April 2021. In both
cases they were issued to businesses for alleged violations of Prop 65 Warning
In most cases, 60-day notices of
violation result in a settlement negotiation, with both parties agreeing to a
reformulation or redefined concentration requirement. Stakeholders should be
aware that any settlement agreement that is reached will not be legally binding
on businesses not named in the settlement. However, settlement agreements can
act as a guide to help them avoid future legal problems.
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