Proposition 65, officially the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is a law that requires warnings be provided to California consumers when they might be exposed to chemicals identified by California as causing cancer or reproductive toxicity. The warnings are intended to help California consumers make informed decisions about their exposure to these chemicals from the products they use.
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) administers the Proposition 65 program and publishes the listed chemicals, which includes more than 850 chemicals. In August 2016, OEHHA adopted new regulations, effective August 30, 2018, which change the information required in Proposition 65 warnings.
We are providing the following warning for products sold on the HOSS Boot Company website:
WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Proposition 65 requires warning labels on any product that contains or may contain any of the elements that the California Air Resources Board considers harmful. Many of the elements listed under Proposition 65 have been routinely used in everyday consumer items for years without documented harm. The penalties for not complying with Proposition 65 are steep. As a result, and because there is no penalty for providing an unnecessary warning, HOSS Boot Company and many other manufacturers have elected to provide the Proposition 65 notice out of an abundance of caution in order to avoid the potential for liability.
For more information about Proposition 65, visit the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment website.