Do you export to California?

Do you export to California?

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Do you export to California?Then consider Proposition 65!

Proposition 65 is a 1986 law that protects California residents from consuming or being exposed to potentially harmful chemicals. More formally, a Proposition 65 warning serves to inform individuals that by using a product or entering a place, they could be exposed to a significant amount of chemicals that could cause cancer, impair infant development, or have adverse effects on the reproductive health of men and women. These warnings are not required if the exposure levels are too low to contribute significantly to the overall health risks.


Chemical Safety

Proposition 65 warnings play an important role in chemical safety. It is important that you, as a chemical professional, are aware of these laws when exporting chemicals to California. In addition, it’s good to know that CHEMETER – the world’s leading safety data sheet software – incorporates Proposition 65 warnings to further improve your chemical safety practices.


Understanding exposure to toxic chemicals

Exposure to toxic chemicals is unfortunately common in everyday life. Some chemicals are intentionally used in products, while others are naturally occurring or a byproduct of human activity. Poor manufacturing practices can also contribute to the presence of toxic substances such as lead, cadmium and arsenic in various products. Government policies such as Proposition 65 have played a critical role in reducing exposure to these toxic substances.


Reduce Exposure

If you receive a Proposition 65 warning, you can find fact sheets on chemicals, products and locations associated with these warnings on the Proposition 65 warning website. These fact sheets provide guidelines for reducing exposure. For example, consider using products in well-ventilated areas, washing hands after handling products, or choosing safer alternatives. It is important to note that if a warning label does not specify the chemical involved, it is advisable to contact the manufacturer for further information. In addition, CHEMETER considers Proposition 65 warnings to ensure compliance and further minimize exposure to toxic chemicals.


Further measures to reduce health risks

In addition to the Proposition 65 warnings, there are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of the problems listed above. These include avoiding tobacco and cannabis smoke and certain solvents, being physically active, following a nutritious diet, and screening for prenatal care and harmful substances. Safety professionals should ensure that employees who may be exposed to toxic chemicals in the workplace follow recommended safety practices, use protective equipment and consult Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for the chemicals they handle. CHEMETER provides comprehensive information for the safe handling and use of chemicals.


The impact of Proposition 65

Since its passage in 1986, Proposition 65 has contributed significantly to reducing exposure to harmful chemicals. It has enabled consumers to make informed choices and motivated companies to eliminate or reduce the presence of listed chemicals in their products. For example, lead has been eliminated from several products, including hair dyes, toothpaste, ceramics and children’s jewelry. Proposition 65 has also led to the reduction of 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) in cola beverages and the development of alternative paint strippers without methylene chloride or NMP. These successes demonstrate the effectiveness of Proposition 65 in protecting health and promoting chemical safety.



It is important for safety professionals in the chemical industry to understand toxic chemicals and the Proposition 65 warnings. By knowing these warnings and taking appropriate steps to minimize exposure to toxic substances, professionals can improve chemical safety practices and protect the health and well-being of individuals. With CHEMETER’s integration of Proposition 65 alerts, safety professionals can further ensure compliance and maintain a high standard of chemical safety in their organizations.


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This information has been compiled with the greatest possible care, in some cases from different information sources. (Interpretation) errors are not excluded. No legal obligation can therefore be derived from this text. Everyone dealing with this subject has the responsibility to delve into the matter!