Proposition 65 (Prop 65)
At School Specialty, we pride ourselves in using environmentally conscious manufacturing practices to ensure we are doing our part to create healthier learning environments. We are always looking for new ways to manufacture products that are safe for the environment and safe for the children who use them. We specifically choose materials that produce minimal waste, and have low chemical emissions - improving the quality of the air in which the products are used. Sustainability is an ongoing effort School Specialty is committed to, and it has always been our responsibility to you.
Proposition 65 (Prop 65), also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Environment Act of 1986, was originally created by the State of California to protect the state’s drinking water sources from being contaminated with certain chemicals. Prop 65 requires products sold in California to bear warnings about potential exposure to any of the substances listed by the state of California. Substances listed include chemicals such as wood dust. While the exposure to one or more of these listed substances may be negligible within our products, out of an abundance of caution, School Specialty has elected to provide a Prop 65 warning label on some of our manufactured goods being shipped in to the state of California.
While the warning can be intimidating, we want to assure you that all School Specialty products are safe, especially for children. Every product is tested to meet or exceed Federal Regulatory Safety Standards and we also test to GREENGUARD Gold Certification. Our two interior furniture product lines, Classroom Select and Childcraft are GREENGUARD Gold Certified and comply with the State of California’s Department of Public Health Services Standard Practice for Specification Section 01350 (California Section 01350) for testing chemical emissions from building products used in schools and other environments. Safety is our biggest priority and we take that responsibility seriously. We have done our due diligence, but not all our competitors have.
The most recent list and other Prop 65 information are available on California's web site: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html.
Why do we have a Prop 65 warning on our furniture products?
We are warning about chemicals linked to cancer in California to comply with California’s Prop 65 requirements. This warning is for legal purposes in California only and is not a comprehensive reflection of the overall safety of our products. All School Specialty products are safe to use, and safe for children to use.
Why am I seeing a Prop 65 warning when I do not live in California?
Due to the nature of School Specialty’s integrated nation-wide supply chain, it is not possible for School Specialty to accurately predict if an end customer resides in California. To ensure legal compliance, all customers will see the warnings.
What is Prop 65?
Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Environment Act of 1986, was originally created by the State of California to protect the state’s drinking water sources from being contaminated with certain chemicals.
What chemicals are on the Prop 65 list?
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) administers the Proposition 65 program and publishes the listed chemicals, which includes more than 1000 chemicals. In August 2016, OEHHA adopted new regulations, effective on August 30, 2018, which changed the information required in Proposition 65 warnings. This warning is now on thousands of household products and furniture.
What chemicals on the Proposition 65 list are commonly found in wood furniture?
Formaldehyde gas is listed as a carcinogen on the Prop 65 list and is used in making resins and adhesives for composite wood products such as plywood and MDF. It is not possible for MDF to not contain formaldehyde. Most of the formaldehyde from our furniture products is off-gassed during the manufacturing process, but trace amounts may still be present.
What does this mean for you?
While the warning can be intimidating, we want to assure you that all School Specialty products are safe, especially for children. Safety is our biggest priority and we take that responsibility seriously. Every product is tested to meet or exceed Federal Regulatory Safety Standards. We have done our due diligence, but not all our competitors have.