RoHS vs California Prop 65

Posted by Timothy New on

Many of our products are RoHS certified to free of certain hazardous materials including Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, pBBs and meet specific standards to restrict the use of certain hazardous substances.  Watch for this symbol on the product pages. 

We have also been working hard to make sure we are in compliance with California's Prop 65 regulation that passed into law last year.  It requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about exposure to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.  California has identified over 800 chemicals that now require a formal warning be applied to all product pages online and on packaging to qualify for safe harbour.  While we believe our products are completely safe, it is impossible to know whether our products contain one of the over 800 chemicals.  And because the penalty is $2500 per item per day, and because the burden of proof is on the seller, the industry standard is to put the warning on every product regardless of applicability. 

Note:  A product that is RoHS certified to be free of many harmful chemicals can still be in violation of Prop 65 because it contains one of the other 800 chemicals.  That is why you might see both notices on the same product page.

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