Effective August 30, 2018, Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, will be expanded to include almost 1,000 chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. As a result, the previous generic warning enacted in 1986 will need to be replaced with a warning that identifies specific chemical ingredients used in the manufacture of products shipped to California.
Full implementation of the Prop 65 amendment means that violators will face sanctions for failing to comply with the requirements set forth. Jason Industrial is making sure that we will be fully compliant with Prop 65 before the deadline. To further explain this law and its purpose, we will explore the history of Prop 65, why there is a demand for more specific warning labels on product packaging, and the steps we are taking to achieve full compliance with the law.
History of Proposition 65
When it was enacted and approved by a majority of California voters in 1986, Proposition 65 – or the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 – sought to keep harmful and carcinogenic chemicals out of California’s drinking water, and to warn residents if water they used for drinking and cooking had been potentially contaminated. The list of harmful chemicals has grown significantly since that time—there are now more than 1,000 chemicals on the list.
Previously, only generic warning labels on products containing these chemicals had been required. In 2016, the law was amended to require all businesses to add more specific warning labels on the full range of products now covered by the law.
Jason Industrial’s Compliance
Jason Industrial is currently taking all required steps to be fully compliant with Prop 65 before the deadline. As a first step, we have identified all products that need packaging with the required new labels under the amended Prop 65.
These products are shipped from our branches, whether to California or from other U.S. customer locations that may ship to California will have the proper warning label attached. Additionally, we will label the outside of shipping boxes noting Megadyne Americas compliance with Proposition 65 beginning August 30th, 2018. Customers receiving products that include chemicals noted on the revised proposition must ensure they carry the warning labels to their customers.
To ensure that we do not miss anything, we will send instructions and labels to all Jason Industrial shipping points so that products which may contain these chemicals can be pinpointed.
Jason Industrial by Megadyne is dedicated to the health and safety of our customers. Additional information can be found on California’s Proposition 65 website. To download the full Proposition 65 chemical list, visit the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us to learn more about our compliance with Proposition 65.