New Changes to Prop 65 Will Change How Online Business Operates

New Changes to Prop 65 Will Change How Online Business Operates

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 2:10pm

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Significant Changes to Prop 65

Prop 65 has been in effect in California for over 30 years. The law originally required businesses to disclose the presence of chemicals in the workplace. However, complying with prop 65 now extends past the workplace into online marketplaces. What effect will this have to businesses all over the world? Within the past twenty years consumers have been increasingly moving online to make their purchases. This has created complex compliance issues to ANY business that potentially will have products being sold in California.

Prop 65’s Online Implications

Jessica Lyons Hardcastle of Environmental Leader made a statement on the complex Prop 65 changes,

“While Prop. 65 only applies to sales to California consumers, its reach extends beyond the golden state. Most businesses that sell in California also sell goods and services across the US, if not globally. The growth in online sales makes it increasingly challenging for businesses to separate products headed to California — and requiring a Prop. 65 warning — from those being sold in other states.”

Companies can now find themselves in front of lawsuits due to lack of prop 65 labeling when they had not intended their product to be sold in California in the first place. Purchasing online has impacted the reach of Prop 65 to create a complicated dilemma for business.

California is the eighth largest economy in the world. This means that products sold online have a high potential to be purchased by California consumers. Prop 65 currently includes more than 800 chemicals that would have to be labeled with “Warning: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer” or “Warning: This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.” Therefore if your product can be sold in California, you might need to change the labeling. If the OEHHA requests new information under this change to Proposition 65, companies will have 90 days to respond.

Source Intelligence’s Platform

Our advanced platform allows you to compare your company’s chemical inventory to the list of over 800 chemicals covered by California’s Prop 65. Annual updates make it easy to lose track of which chemicals you’ve already included. We can also alert you of any changes necessary to keep Californians informed about the potential hazards in the products they purchase. If your company may be affected by the new changes to Prop 65, or would like to learn more about how to ensure the proper labeling of your products click here. 

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