California Prop 65 Settlement Agreements for Shovels, Tote Bags and Wheelchairs

SGS is reminding businesses operating in California
about Proposition 65 (Prop 65) settlement agreements for shovels, tote bags,
and wheelchairs with vinyl components.

Settle agreements exist between two parties and are
not legally binding on businesses not named within the settlement. However, it
is advisable for companies operating in California to use them as a guide to
avoid future legal problems.

The settlement agreements for these
three consumer products cover lead and certain phthalates:

  • Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
  • Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)

The agreements were:

  • Shovels:
    1. DEHP – no more than 1000
    2. DBP – no more than 100 ppm
    3. Lead – no more than 100 ppm
  • Tote bags:
    1. DEHP – no more than 1000
    2. DBP – no more than 100 ppm
    3. Lead – no more than 100 ppm
  • Wheelchairs with vinyl

    1. DEHP and DINP – less than
    2. Lead – no more than 90 ppm
    3. Lead (releasable) – no more
      than 1.0 μg (NIOSH 9100)

In all three agreements, a ‘clear and
reasonable’ warning, known as a ‘Prop 65 Warning’, can also be used as an

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 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

SGS Prop 65 Services

With a global network of laboratories, SGS can offer comprehensive
testing, product assessment and consultancy services related to California
Proposition 65. SGS can assist your risk management strategy in consumer goods,
such as DIYs, electrical and electronics, hardgoods products, juvenile
products, and textile & toy products. Learn more about SGS’s
Prop 65 Services.

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up
to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry.
Read the full California Proposition 65: Reformulation of Lead and Phthalates
in Consumer Products SafeGuardS.

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For further information contact:

Hing Wo Tsang

Global Information and Innovation Manager

Tel:(+852) 2774 7420



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