California Proposition 65, officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, became law in 1986. Recently Proposition 65 was amended and requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that are known or believed to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Further information concerning Proposition 65 can be found at the following websites:
OHC sells a variety of wood species, as well as products produced from such species, into and within California. Though wood is a product of nature and is used extensively in products throughout the world, wood dust is on the state of California’s list of potential cancer-causing chemicals. As a steward of global resource, OHC monitors regulatory, health and safety issues, as well as environmental impact of using one of the most renewable resources on the plant – wood products. To learn out how to properly and responsibly work with wood and wood products to lower the risk of possible health effects of wood dust, please review the following:
In complying with the amendments to Proposition 65, OHC will add the following Product Warning labels on bundles of lumber sold into California.
This bundle contains wood.
WARNING: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to wood dust, a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/wood.