Operators in California Reminded of Prop 65 Settlement Agreements

SGS is advising companies operating in California, USA, to stay
informed on settlement agreements being made in relation to a variety of
substances under California Proposition 65 (Prop 65).

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

Settlement agreements involve a variety of consumer products and
the substances:

  • Lead and its compounds
  • Phthalates:
    1. Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
    2. Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP)
    3. Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DnHP)
    4. Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
    5. Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP)
    6. Diisononyl phthalate (DINP)

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There have also been several settlement agreements covering only the
phthalates DINP and DEHP.

Consumer products covered in these settlement agreements include:

  • Phthalates (various):
    1. Beauty accessories made with vinyl components
    2. Car mounts with suction cup
    3. PVC air hose
  • Lead and its compounds:
    1. Brass products – mailboxes, hose repair menders, musical
    2. Diving weights
    3. Handheld luggage with PVC handgrips
  • DINP (only):
    1. Boarding pass holders
    2. Circular knitting needles
    3. Watch bands
  • DEHP (only):
    1. Blenders
    2. Life vests
    3. Pet raincoats

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The variety of consumer products included in these settlement
agreements demonstrates how vigilant manufacturers and suppliers operating in
California must remain.

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

Businesses wishing to learn more about Prop 65 settlement
agreements, including lists of some of the the consumer products involved, should
view SGS SafeGuards:

001/21 California Proposition 65:
Reformulation of Phthalates in Consumer Goods

California Proposition 65: Reformulation of Lead in Consumer Products

California Proposition 65: Reformulation of DINP in Consumer Products

California Proposition 65: Reformulation of DEHP in Consumer Products

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.

Subscribe here to receive SGS SafeGuardS direct to your inbox.

For further information contact:

Hing Wo Tsang

Global Information and Innovation Manager

Tel:(+852) 2774 7420

Email: crs.media@sgs.com

Website: www.sgs.com/cgnr


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