California Prop 65 Fact Sheets

 In Product Safety, Uncategorized

By: Kirsten Alcock, Manager of Product Safety, email

Did you know that California Prop 65 produces Fact Sheets?

Proposition 65 has been creating fact sheets for users on how to safely use chemicals that have the potential to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

The latest fact sheet created refers to a commonly used insecticide referred to as ‘carbaryl’. Carbaryl is on the Proposition 65 list because it can cause cancer and is reproductively toxic.  Exposure to this chemical may increase the risk of cancer if not used with proper protection. Exposure may also affect the development of the fetus, and may harm the male and female reproductive systems.

Why is it important to read the fact sheets?

As springtime is approaching, many of us are gearing up for gardening season with fruits, vegetables and flowers, but with these typically come INSECTS!  There are a variety of methods out there to fight insects but many choose to use chemicals to help combat them. Carbaryl in particular is a known insecticide but it is listed on Prop 65.  The fact sheet produced by OEHHA provides helpful information and advice to those who choose this method to care for their backyards.

Insecticides which contain this chemical are currently available over the counter for residential use, mainly in the form of liquids, sprays, and dusts.  They are intended for yards and gardens, and are often used on fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and ornamental plants.

Agricultural and commercial insecticides containing carbaryl are on many crops including but not limited to corn, soybeans, vegetables, and fruit and nut trees.

In addition to the above, Carbaryl is also used on golf courses, parks, and other landscaped areas, and for pest control around the perimeter of buildings.

There are a variety of ways one can be exposed to this chemical such as via absorption through the skin or inhalation.  The fact sheet created by OEHHA can provide help on minimizing your exposure to this chemical. Suggestions include types of personal protective wear to hiring a professional. As always, keep your chemicals out of the reach of children and pets. Consider alternative products if you are pregnant.

If you are currently using this chemical in your product but not warning for it on your labels, please contact us. We can provide further information on your label requirements to ensure that your users are properly warned.

Please contact Dell Tech Laboratories for further details..

Dell Tech
Kirsten Alcock, B.Sc. (Hons) 
Manager, Product Safety Group

Dell Tech has provided professional, confidential consulting services to the chemical specialty

industry in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia for the last 40 years.

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