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California 65 proposition


The proposition 65 (whose "real" name is " California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act " ), is a Californian state law created by popular initiative in 1986 with the aim of protecting people from the presence in water intended for human consumption and their sources of toxic, mutagenic and carcinogenic substances. The law promotes the establishment of a list of substances considered dangerous; the list at the moment contains over 800 substances and it is periodically updated when new data on the substances are collected. Under this law, any manufacturer with more than 9 employees, to place their products on the market has the obligation to assess the possible presence of hazardous substances and to give evidence to the consumer by the affixing to the product of appropriate alarm signals that are becoming familiar for American consumers. The law does not prohibit the use of substances considered dangerous but imposes the obligation to properly inform the consumer so that the same be aware of the possible risk to which it is subjected by purchasing the object.

Law enforcement and supervision on hazardous substances as well as the preparation of the above-mentioned list is curated by a California state agency, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). An important element to give vision of the potential importance of the law is the controller function given to the single consumer who has the authority to report any violation of the law to the relevant authorities. The law is directly addressed to producers, even though foreigners, holding them directly responsible for violations of the provisions contained therein.

The manufacturer's liability derives from the fact of having manufactured a product that has been marketed in California.
The presence in the article of substances listed in the hazardous chemicals list imposes an obligation on the manufacturer to choose the best way in order to avoid heavy penalties and, in particular, the producer may: affix a proper warning on the product, replace the offending substance with other not considered dangerous or demonstrate that the exposure level to the consumer, for the whole life of the product is, lower than the level considered safe (safe harbor level).
The difficulties in estimating exposure level in  textile articles stay in the impossibility of estimating the average exposure of the consumer to the product. The estimated exposure level of security by the law is in fact expressed in mg/l whereas the contamination should occur by direct ingestion.

A textile product, or its contaminants, however, cannot be assimilated by swallow but may be assumed by transfer  or indirectly, for loss in washing water and subsequent ingestion.
For the application of the law to textile articles is important to know which part of substances contained in the list may reasonably fall within the scope of textile application.

Once you have highlighted the possible dangers of any contaminant on the product to be marketed, it will be necessary to correct indication of danger in accordance with the directions of the law.
Lab Solution can help its customers, as an expert partner, in order to do the investigation needs to be done, according to the textile product to be marketed, and in order to properly identify potential hazards and to be able to better fulfill their legal obligations.

In the link below you can download the list of the substances listed in the law


california 65 proposition List of Chemicals law California Proposition 65


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