US-California Proposition 65 Updates

Vol. 720 | July 08, 2013

California Proposition 65 requires the Governor's office to publish a list of chemicals known by the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. The purpose is to improve public health by reducing exposure to these chemicals that cause cancer and adverse reproductive outcomes.

The restriction on cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA) was added to the list of chemicals recently. cocamide DEA is a substance commonly used in soaps and body washes. Retailers and manufacturers of soaps and body washes would need to ensure that the exposure of cocamide DEA from their products would not pose any significant risks. In additional, an overview of the recent settlements is provided below.*

1) Household items:

Product

Requirements

Bandages

Phthalate content: DEHP, DBP, BBP

£ 1000 ppm

Bathroom accessories

Placemats, shower curtains, bath/kitchen floor and door/welcome mats

Carpet cleaners and carpet hand tool attachment kits

Total lead content

Lead by NIOSH 9100

£ 100 ppm

£ 1.0 ug

Kitchen tools with grip

Total lead content

Lead by NIOSH 9100

Phthalate content: DEHP

£ 100 ppm

£ 1.0 ug

£ 1000 ppm

Hand tools, garden tools, kitchen utensil

Total lead content

Phthalate content: DEHP, DBP, BBP

£ 100 ppm

£ 1000 ppm

Children furniture

Phthalate content: DEHP

£ 1000 ppm

Ottomans, stools, trunks and other container box

Hand tools: pet grooming tools

Brass or bronze alloy in bottle openers, cabinet, door knobs, decorative item

Total lead content

£ 300 ppm

Painted glassware

Foam-cushioned pads for children and infants to lie on, such as rest mat

Flame retardants:

Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP)

Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP)

Not detected

 

2) Food contact articles:

Product

Requirements

Ceramic mugs with colored artwork or designs on the exterior

(1) All decorated areas:

Lead by NIOSH 9100:

Extractable Lead by total immersion test

Total lead content

(2) Lip and Rim area:

Extractable Lead by ASTM C927-80(2009)

Total lead content

 

£ 1.0 ug

£ 0.99 ppm

£ 100 ppm

                                     

£ 0.5 ug/ml

Not detected                                     

Coffee cups with exterior decoration

(1) All non-Lip and Rim decorated Area:

Lead by NIOSH 9100

Total lead content

(2) Lip and Rim decorated area

Extractable Lead by ASTM C927-80(2009)

 

£ 1.0 ug

£ 90 ppm                                   

 

£ 0.005 ug/ml

Coffee filter separator, corn cutters and strippers, tongs

Total lead content

Phthalate content: DEHP

£ 100 ppm

£ 100 ppm

  

3) Other hardline items:

Product

Requirements

Backpack and gym sack

Total lead content

Lead by NIOSH 9100

£ 100 ppm

£ 1.0 ug

Bags and purses/wallet

Phthalate content: DEHP, DBP, BBP

£ 1000 ppm

Automobile accessories, including dashboard-related items

Ear plugs, buds and related accessories

Stationery

Charms, watches and clocks

Plastic figures, small novelties and temporary tattoos

Card holders with vinyl/PVC covers

Phthalate content: DEHP

Covering/cases for mobile electronic devices

Covering of books

Steering wheel lock and bicycle lock

Exercise balls

Laptop and tablet computer case

Total lead content

Lead by NIOSH 9100

Phthalate content: DEHP

£ 100 ppm

£ 1.0 ug

£ 1000 ppm

Table tennis set

Total lead content

Lead by NIOSH 9100

Phthalate content: DEHP, DBP, BBP, DIDP, DnHP

£ 50 ppm

£ 1.0 ug

 

£ 1000 ppm

Steering wheel cover

Total lead content

£ 50 ppm

Flashlight and lantern

Total lead content

Phthalate content: DEHP

£ 100 ppm

£ 1000 ppm

Gauge with brass component

Total lead content

Lead by NIOSH 9100

£ 100 ppm

£ 1.0 ug

Radio

Total lead content

£ 100 ppm

*Please note that the scope of these settlements does not include all cited products. Please contact Intertek as indicated below for details of each settlement.

Should you have any query on the above news, please contact Mr. Ian Chow at Tel: (852) 2173-8630 / Ms. Natalie Kwok at Tel: (852) 2173-8634 / Fax to (852) 2785-8570 / Email: intertek.tfh.info@intertek.com

 

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