A NOTICE TO CALIFORNIA CUSTOMERS ABOUT PROPOSITION 65
California’s Proposition 65 entitles California consumers to special warnings for products that contain chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm if those products expose consumers to such chemicals above certain threshold levels. We care about our customer’s safety and want you to have the information below to when making your buying decisions. WRA is providing the warning stated directly below for the products listed below sold on our website:
Products may contain a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Including but not limited to items such as glassware, sunglasses, boots, souvenir items (such as keychains, magnets, bracelets, snowglobes, stickers, other etc.) apparel with buttons, buckles, clasps or zippers, snow/beach toys.
For more information: https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov
As part of Wholesale Resort Accessories’ compliance activities associated with California Health and Safety Code Section 25249.6 labeling/warning and record keeping requirements of California Proposition 65 and the “New Changes to Proposition 65 “Safe Harbor” Warnings”, we as a wholesale distributor are requesting your confirmation that you have received and provided acknowledgement of your compliance with this regulations warning requirements. We are requesting that a representative of your company completes and returns this acknowledgement by November 1, 2016.
Wholesale Resort Accessories works with their suppliers and retail customers to place approved warnings required by California Attorney General’s Office on products or displayed in stores on the shelf/display racks. In addition, in our commitment to creating a smaller carbon foot print for our company we are continually seeking green suppliers.
According to California Health and Safety Code Section 25249.6: Companies doing business in California must provide “clear and reasonable warning” prior to exposing Californians to a Prop 65 listed chemical. Retailers must provide the warning on consumer product labels or signage prior to sale. More information regarding responsibilities of businesses (and exemptions) under Prop 65 is available from California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and Proposition 65 email updates can be found at the website http://www.oehha.org/prop65.html.
On August 30, 2016, the California Office of Administrative Law approved California’s nearly three-year effort to overhaul Proposition 65’s longstanding warning regulations. The new regulations are a significant departure from the regulations that businesses have relied on for decades. Accordingly, they will require businesses to reassess and potentially overhaul their long-established compliance programs.
Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide “clear and reasonable” warnings before exposing individuals in California to any of over 900 listed chemicals. The regulatory amendment, promulgated by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) makes significant changes to the decades old “safe harbor” warnings. The regulations provide for a two-year phase-in period. Although businesses are not required to follow the safe harbor warning regulations, other warnings lack presumptive validity and thus carry a greater risk of being challenged. More information regarding responsibilities of businesses (and exemptions) under Prop 65 is available from California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment at the website http://www.oehha.org/prop65.html
Businesses that already provide Proposition 65 warnings, either under their own compliance programs, should revisit their existing warnings in light of the new safe harbors and the pitfalls associated with the new regulations. Businesses that will provide warnings in the future will also need to review the new regulations if they want to provide safe harbor warnings and for useful guidance on what the agency considers to be a “clear and reasonable” warning that complies with Proposition 65’s amorphous requirements.
It is Wholesale Resort Accessories policy to perform this communication and acknowledgement process annually to ensure continued compliance with this regulation.
We appreciate your time and attention to this very important regulatory matter in our industry.
Thank you in advance for your response to this request, and please feel free to contact me at the numbers or email listed below if you have any questions or as to how we may assist with your warning label/signage needs.