Relevant for: Electrical & electronics, Hardlines, Softlines, Toys and children's products
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently published the notices to list three new chemicals under the Safe Drinking Water Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly known as “Proposition 65”, as known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.
The three new chemicals are summarised in the following.
|Chemical||CAS No.||Toxicity||Listing date||Warning effective date|
|Chlorpyrifos||2921-88-2||Reproductive toxicity||15 December 20171 ||One year after the listing|
|75-35-4||Cancer||29 December 20172|
Chlorpyrifos3 is organophosphate pesticide and n-Hexane4 is a widely used industrial solvent present in varnishes, cements, glues, and inks. For Vinylidene chloride (1,1-Dichloroethylene)5, it is generally used as comonomer in the polymerization of vinyl chloride, acrylonitrile, acrylates and production of adhesives, fibers, refrigerants, food packaging and coating resins.
Businesses with 10 or more employees are required to provide a clear and reasonable warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing Californians to listed chemicals. The new warning regulations6 will become operative from 30 August 2018. In the interim, businesses may use either the existing warnings or the new ones.