The state of California has taken consumer awareness to a new level with its Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, known as “Proposition 65.” This proposition, originally intended to protect sources of drinking water from chemical contamination, has grown to require warning labels on products which may contain any of 800-plus chemicals or ingredients that the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) lists as a carcinogen or a reproductive toxicant.
Many of the materials included in Proposition 65 are commonly found in products such as jewelry, lamps, ceramic tableware, lead crystal glasses, electric cords, automobiles, beauty products and furniture. They include plastics, vinyls, heavy metals, and even Vitamin A at certain levels. Some listed chemicals, such as lead, are widely distributed through the environment in air, soil, water, and rocks. The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Warnings (about Proposition 65) are everywhere: parking lots, hardware stores, hospitals and just about any decent-sized business.”
Because there is always a chance that wood dust or some other of the hundreds of ingredients listed in Proposition 65 could potentially be on/in our products or packing materials, we must include Proposition 65 warnings on our products or risk large fines under this law in California. In addition, we are required to use the exact wording for this warning specified by California: “This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer.”
Please do not be alarmed! While there is research that supports health-related risks associated with these materials, the research also shows that the key factor in determining risk is the amount of exposure. A Prop 65 warning does not automatically mean that the product is unsafe.
IMAX, like most home accessories companies, stocks large quantities of product which ships nationwide. Because we do not know where a product will ship at the time it is manufactured, we are placing these labels on all of our product, whether or not it ends up in California. It is also important for all retailers selling to consumers in the state of California to leave the labels on the product.
The safety of our customers and our employees is of highest priority for IMAX Worldwide Home. We want to assure you of our commitment to offer the highest quality products in the industry.