February at-a-glance…materials and handling

California proposes changes to Prop 65 labeling requirements

California’s Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, requires businesses to include warning labels to notify consumers of exposure to more than 900 chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Many businesses have been providing this notification using “short-form” warnings. The state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is considering revising short-form warnings for consumer products and eliminating them for catalog or internet purchases. Comments on OEHHA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking are due by March 8.