California Proposition 65
As an international company focused on connecting people and devices with light, OSRAM works to ensure that its products are in compliance with all national, state and local laws. The California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly referred to as “Proposition 65” or “Prop 65”, is a right-to-know law that is unique to the State of California. The goal of Prop 65 is to ensure that individuals in the State of California are informed about possible exposure to chemicals “known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or reproductive toxicity.” Under the law, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is responsible for developing regulations under Prop 65 to facilitate parties’ compliance with the law’s requirements and are also tasked with maintaining and updating a list of chemicals annually. To date, there are over 900 chemicals listed by OEHHA. To view the list, visit https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/proposition-65-list.
Proposition 65 now applies to suppliers of components used in end products to ensure that information about chemicals used in the components is communicated to Californians who might come in contact with the chemicals during the development, manufacture, or use of the end products. To comply with Prop 65, businesses (including manufacturers, distributors and retail sellers) must disclose a “clear and reasonable” warning prior to any exposure. OSRAM products include a CA Prop 65 warning label. A Prop 65 warning does not necessarily mean a product is in violation of any applicable safety standards.
Proposition 65 requires OSRAM to provide its California customers and distributors with both an occupational warning and a product warning for individuals who potentially could be exposed to a chemical in the product either accidentally or intentionally. An occupational warning must be provided to any customer that buys the impacted OSRAM products for use in product development or manufacturing in the State of California. The customer in turn must prominently display a similar occupational warning at its California locations where employees and contractors will be handling the OSRAM products that contains a chemical.
For further information about CA Prop 65, visit https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65.