Environmental Hazard Compliance in Sale of Goods: California's Prop 65 and Safer Consumer Products Act

Overcoming Compliance Hurdles for Manufacturers, Distributors, Retailers and Others in the Chain of Business

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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This CLE course will provide guidance to environmental, products liability and business counsel regarding products sold to California consumers on complying with Proposition 65 and the Safer Consumer Products Act. The panel will discuss recent changes to the regulations and offer best practices for regulatory compliance.


California’s Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, requires companies doing business in the state to provide warnings if their products include any of the over 800 chemicals on the Prop 65 list that are known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Products sold in California must also comply with the Safer Consumer Products Act, which also regulates product-chemical combinations. The state Dep’t of Toxic Substances Control is finalizing its list of priority products, which will likely cover a broad range of products and chemicals. Counsel should prepare clients and companies doing business in California to comply with the regulations for these products.

These regulations have undergone recent changes and proposals, making the requirements more complex and compliance even more challenging. Counsel to companies offering products in California and those in the distribution chain need to be up to speed on these changes, provide guidance in evaluating affected products, and either provide guidance on complying or decide whether the company would be better off withdrawing problematic products.

Listen as our panel of experts examines the changes to Prop 65, what they mean for companies doing business in California, and the impact of the Beech-Nut Corp. decision. The panel will also discuss the Safer Consumer Products regulations and offer best practices for compliance.



  1. Prop 65
    1. Latest developments/new regs
    2. What the changes mean for companies doing business in California
    3. Beech-Nut Corp. decision
  2. Safer Consumer Products regulations
  3. Best practices for compliance
    1. Prop 65
    2. Safer Consumer Products Act


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How have the Prop 65 warnings changed under the implementing regulations?
  • What are the key steps for environmental, products liability or general counsel advising impacted clients to ensure compliance with Prop 65?
  • What products are affected by the Safer Consumer Products regulations? What actions should legal advisors to manufacturers, retailers and distributors take to ensure compliance?


Melissa A. Jones
Melissa A. Jones

Stoel Rives

Ms. Jones regularly defends companies in litigation related to California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic...  |  Read More

Lauren M. Michals
Lauren M. Michals

Nixon Peabody

Ms. Michals represents clients in single actions, complex litigation and multi-district litigation in state and federal...  |  Read More

Reck, Belynda
Belynda S. Reck

Reed Smith

Ms. Reck’s practice focuses on environmental, product liability and complex business matters. She has...  |  Read More

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