California Proposition 65
In 1986, California voters approved the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (known as “Proposition 65”). Proposition 65 is a "Right to Know" statute; its purpose is to make sure people are aware, before they purchase, that the product they come into contact with contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. The statute requires a warning label even if the amount of the chemical is minuscule.
Effective August 30, 2018, the Prop 65 requirements are changing, as the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”) adopted various amendments to the "clear and reasonable" warnings required by Prop 65. Among other things, the new warning regulation rewrites the “safe harbor” warning label text and format, including the mandatory use of a warning symbol and reference to an official OEHHA website, and mandatory internet and catalog point-of-sale warnings. To be compliant under the regulations, Pactech has elected to use the following Proposition 65 warning statement as cable products contain one or more of the chemicals listed under Proposition 65.
The State of California has listed over 900 chemicals that must be disclosed under Prop 65. The list, which is updated annually, includes a wide variety of chemicals that can be found in many consumer products, such as kitchen utensils, footwear and handbags, exercise equipment, photo and scrapbook albums, luggage, and many other products (even foods and beverages).
The California government has clarified that "The fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not mean by itself that the product is unsafe." The government has also explained, "You could think of Proposition 65 more as a 'right to know' law than a pure product safety law." See http://www.p65warnings.ca.gov for more details.
Pactech has chosen to provide a warning based on its knowledge about the presence of one or more listed chemicals without attempting to evaluate the level of exposure. With Pactech's products, the exposure may be negligible or well within the "no significant risk" range. However, out of an abundance of caution, we have elected to post the Proposition 65 warning signs.