What is Proposition 65? - Ask the Expert Episode 143

Have you ever seen that sticker on something you own that makes reference to Proposition 65? What does it mean anyway?

Video Script:

The question comes from Felicia. "Hey Dan, is the Proposition 65 label on some products related to circulating air or jus the physical container if you touch it? How would one be exposed to lead?"

Proposition 65 is a California law that requires a warning label for any products with a cancer-causing substance. It could be anything. For example: Was this made in a facility with lead in it? Or is there lead in the control board? It's really strict.

She is specifically asking about a ductless heat pump. So, in this unit, so to answer your question, no. There's not going to be any lead circulating in the air. There is no danger of lead when you touch it. The only way you're going to get lead is if you break open the unit, rip out the control board and you eat it. But barring you becoming someone who eats metal, I think you would be OK.

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9 comments (view/add)
  • Deborah
    Posted on 8/11/2020

    I had a bookcase with the warning I was going to make into a house/shelf for my cat and ended up throwing it away because I thought coming in contact with it would cause her to get cancer or maybe even I would.

  • Debra.samo@gmail.com
    Posted on 2/20/2020

    If we touch a wooden cabinet with a prop 65 warning on it can it affect my twenty something daughters when it comes time to have children?

  • Kyle
    Kyle from Ingrams
    Posted on 2/24/2020

    Who can say for sure? Best not just to be safe.

  • Jamall
    Posted on 11/5/2019

    Hi, I've been very concerned about these portable air conditioners that have a prop65 warning.. Specifically an LG brand and a frigidaire brand portable AC, which I already bought. There is no specifics about the chemical(s) that may be carcinogens or that cause reproductive organ problems. I'm having a hard time finding portable ACs withour prop 65 labels. How concerned should I really be????

  • Kyle
    Kyle from Ingrams
    Posted on 11/6/2019

    Most Prop 65 warnings on HVAC products that we've seen have to do with lead. This is due to the lead used on the internal components. None of those internal components are going to be dangerous to you unless you open up the HVAC unit and start handling and/or consuming them. There is virtually no danger to using the product as intended.

  • Mary
    Posted on 7/25/2019

    So products with prop 65 labels dont really expose you to the chemichals unless you eat them? I've gotten many things with the warning because its just impossible to avoid buying some things with the warning.

  • Kyle
    Kyle from Ingrams
    Posted on 7/26/2019

    It depends on the product. All I know is that a ductless mini-split isn't going to expose anybody to lead unless that person does some really crazy stuff (that would void the warranty).

  • Mary Kelly
    Mary Kelly
    Posted on 7/1/2019

    I was going to install wallpaper which has a proposition 65 warning due to Titanium dioxide . Will having this on the walls cause harm to my family?

  • Kyle
    Kyle from Ingrams
    Posted on 7/1/2019

    Don't eat the wallpaper.

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