Proposition 65 was approved by California voters as an initiative known as The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. It requires the state of California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects and other reproductive harm.
This list is updated at least once a year and currently includes roughly 775 chemicals. All chemicals noted on the list must be labeled with exposure warnings for consumer, occupational, and environmental hazards.
The method employed to transmit the warning may vary so long as it displays a “clear and reasonable” warning message available to the individual prior to exposure. The message must read that a chemical is known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
A warning has to fully comply with all information and labeling requirements of both the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and the California Hazard Communication Standard. The warning has to appear on or with an RTK label.
Proposition 65 warning labels should read as following for chemicals known to the state to cause cancer:
WARNING: This chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.
They should read as following for chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity:
WARNING: This chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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The DuraLabel 9000 is a wide format printer capable of printing large-scale Proposition 65 signs that can warn individuals of hazards prior to entering an area of exposure.