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California Prop 65 Update Potentially Impacts Electronics Supply Chain

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William K.
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california proposition 65 effects.
William K.   9/30/2018 8:48:45 PM
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Really, the solution is simple. Since the government in california is made up of such smart people, the solution is to ban the sale of all products containing any of these dangerous materials. This will protect the much less intelligent folks from poisoning themselves. But it will be very important to ban the sale of such items completely, so that NOBODY can purchase them!

haladf
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Re: Prop 65 Warnings
haladf   9/11/2018 8:36:58 AM
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You should read those signs, the one on the shiny packpack you bought for your kids warns you that it is carcinogenicparticularly for the young and if they put it in their mouths. Soft plastics also damage reproductive systems The main point of the labelling is to encourage companies to reduce their pollution, which will make your food safer, your air cleaner, your kids lives less unpleasant and prone to early disease and death

haladf
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Re: The Boy Who Cried "Wolf"`
haladf   9/11/2018 8:33:31 AM
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First, this isn't new, it's an ameded piece of legislation and the EU equivalent is REACH, which contains a list of cancerous and other harmful chemicals, which are also refrerenced through the International Chemical Reference Substances (ICRS).  They can also be monotored through organizations such as Chemical Watch. the worry thing about this article is that it says that chemicals might not seem to have anything to do with the electonics idustry??  In which world does chemicals not have something to do with substances? Back on point, the further silly claim that the electoinics are internal so don't matter: 1. If a prouct can be disassembled or come appart, then the contents are relevant as the user might acidentally come in contact with them 2. Products going to lnadfull will poison the water supply and food supply We don't know how chemicals interract, so the list is not complete and subject to change as new data becomes available. Lead, Cadmium, arsenic, plasticides, amonia, acids and more have all been used in the electonics industry and are now all but banned.  We produce over 200 electronic phones, pads, tvs, white goods per second around the world, that's a lot of wast and we need to concentrate on stopping the compound problem instead of ignoring it. The electonics sector watches fractions of a cent shift in price but ignores its pollution as irelevant.  I have monitored pollutants since the late 1980s, so I worry that people still say it is not an issue

DCAMike
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Re: The Boy Who Cried "Wolf"`
DCAMike   9/6/2018 12:48:06 PM
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There are over 20 million chemicals, so no it would not "be easier to produce a list of substances that are not named in Proposition 65" :).   I agree that the labeling, particularly of businesses and stores, is out of hand and we've all grown immune to it. But the new label will certainly result in more concern and fear. I'm not sure that's a good thing but the bottom line is that toxicological properties of chemicals in the parts and materials used in the electronics sector have almost never been a design parameter, and it's way past time that we make it so. Otherwise our ignorance will continue to be underscored by governments regulating us (and other similarly ignorant sectors) in ways that may not be as appropriate or effective as we could be ourselves were we to take it on directly as an industry. We've done that with EMC, RF and safety performance requirements; we need to do it with human health and environmental performance requirements.

Velocitech
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Prop 65 Warnings
Velocitech   9/6/2018 12:35:09 PM
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Like most Californian's, I am immune to Prop 65 warning signs and labels that are posted everything from restaurants to products that we buy on a daily basis.  This just goes to show how California has become an over legislated state.  Has Prop 65 become a joke?  YES.  I like the paragraph and all of the replies that validate that whatever comes out of Sacramento is a complete waste of the time and money.  Too bad that the California government has the complete opposite approach than the business world.  We in the industry are constantly looking for better ways to improve the cost of doing business and improving processes, while the State of California continues to look for more ways to spend their unlimited supply of tax and special interest moneythat we give away on a daily basis!

Sparky
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The Boy Who Cried "Wolf"`
Sparky   9/6/2018 11:09:29 AM
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Proposition 65 has grown to include so many chemicals it may soon be easier to produce a list of substances that are not named in Proposition 65. Because there are so many chemicals it is like the boy who cried wolf: California consumers have transitioned from label-leary to label weary. Most recently Prop 65 labels have shown-up on coffee products :https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-judge-rules-coffee-requires-cancer-warning-n861401). For small companies it's easier and safer to just declare the product is not Prop 65 compliant than to risk otherwise. - Sparky



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