Beginning August 30, 2018, the general non-specific warning signs that you may have at your worksite may no longer comply with the notification requirements.
Currently, most Prop 65 warnings simply state that a chemical is present that causes cancer or reproductive harm, but they do not identify the chemical or provide specific information about how a person may be exposed or ways to reduce or eliminate exposure. With the new requirements, specific chemicals must now be listed, and warnings will have to say that the product “can expose” users to a chemical(s).

Warnings in 2018 will need to include three main elements:

  • The name of at least one chemical that caused the warning to be written must be listed.
  • A link to a website containing Proposition 65 information, which will have more details on health effects and ways to reduce and/or eliminate exposure, must be prominently displayed.
  • A yellow and black triangle warning symbol must always be located on the label.
  • Not sure if you have any Proposition 65 listed materials present at your facility? Here is a link to the full list: https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov/chemicals.

Signs need to be at least 72 point font and the sign must be in English, unless other languages are used on other signage in the affected area, in which case it must be in that language too.

An example of an area postings with potential occupational exposures include:

WARNING: Entering this area can expose you to chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm, including [name of one or more chemicals known to cause cancer and name of one or more chemicals known to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm], from [name of one or more sources of exposure]. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/product

If your site has a cafeteria, this type of warning might be used:

WARNING: Consuming certain foods served in this cafeteria can expose you to chemicals including mercury in fish and acrylamide in coffee and baked goods, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/food.

If your site has designated smoking areas:

WARNING: Breathing the air in this smoking area can expose you to chemicals including tobacco smoke and nicotine, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Do not stay in this area longer than necessary. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/smoking-areas.

The OHEA website has information regarding food sources, example warnings, and fact sheets that can be provided to your employees or visitors and many other tools you may find helpful. If you have any questions, HTS Environmental Services is also a resource for you. Contact our Customer Service or EHS Department at (562) 906-2633.