California Proposition 65
Frequently Asked Questions
In 1986, California voters approved the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 more commonly known as Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the State of California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, or birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include nearly 1,000 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.
The list includes a wide variety of chemicals many of which can be found in common household products, dyes, solvents, drugs, food-additives, pesticides, tobacco products and many are by-products of certain manufacturing processes, or they may be products of common chemical processes, such as motor vehicle exhaust.
If a Proposition 65 warning is posted, it merely means that the business issuing the warning knows that one or more listed chemicals is present in its products. A warning must be given unless a business demonstrates that the exposure it causes poses “no significant risk.” Because it can be very difficult to prove the impossibility of a risk, we chose to disclose the existence of the substances.
The legislation does not prohibit the use of the listed chemicals. It requires that if one or more of the listed chemicals are present in a product, a warning must be provided. By law, a warning must be given for listed chemicals unless exposure is low enough to pose no significant risk of cancer or is significantly below levels observed to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
We believe our products are safe, and we are in the fitness and exercise business to help people live a fit and healthy lifestyle. Proposition 65 and California law is structured in such a way that this kind of information and disclosure is encouraged and we are providing it in an abundance of caution.
For information on the Proposition 65 list of chemicals, you may contact OEHHA’s Proposition 65 program by email at P65.Questions@oehha.ca.gov, by phone at (916) 445-6900, or visit http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html