On Aug. 30, 2018, updates to California’s Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water & Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986) took effect and required all products in the state to include warning labels if they contained one of more than 950 chemicals that could cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. The law, created to protect the golden state’s water supply, has expanded over time to affect products ranging from household desk lamps to building materials.
As a result, more manufacturers of HVAC products are putting warning labels on products like sealants and adhesives to comply with the state's law, causing unintentional concern among contractors and consumers in the process. Here, Joseph J. Green — special counsel on complex environmental regulatory matters at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP — clears up some of the law's legal confusion and breaks down a few key points every manufacturer and contractor should know.