Thursday, November 18, 2010

California Proposition 65 Settlement (CP65)

Proposition 65 (Called CP65, P65 or Prop 65) is the “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986’, a ballot initiative passed overwhelmingly by Californian residents in November 1986.

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) administers the Proposition 65 program. OEHHA, which is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), also evaluates all currently available scientific information on substances considered for placement on the Proposition 65 list.

Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. Proposition 65 requires usinesses to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to a listed chemical. Over the years, Prop 65 has concluded consent agreements on lead, phthalates and other chemicals on Prop 65 list that were present in a variety of consumer products. In 2009, there were a total of 321 consent agreements with monetary settlement to the tune of $14.6 million. These products have included bibs, key chains, jewelry, cords, bicycles and accessories, aluminum cookware, ceramic ware, glassware, exercise mats, luggage and accessories.

In the first half of 2010, a number of companies have entered into consent agreements under California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) for a variety of consumer products. Some consent agreements have resulted in the establishment of limits for lead, phthalates and 1,4-dioxane as well.

Against Textile and Garment market, Lead is required for some related products (includes Handbags, Purses, Wallets, Footwear* and Belts*) as below requirements by material type:

- Lead in Paint and Surface Coating on accessible components
<= 90ppm (from 1 December 2010)

- Lead in Polyvinyl Chloride PVC (accessible components)
<= 300ppm (from 1 December 2010)
<= 200ppm (from 1 December 2011)

- Lead in Leather / composite leather (assessible components)
<= 600ppm (from 1 December 2010)
<= 300ppm (from 1 December 2011)

- Lead in all other assessible components other than cubic ziconia
<= 300ppm (from 1 December 2010)

* Effective date are extended for 1 year for belts or footwear.

For more details about Prop 65, please browse the below web-sites:

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