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. 

The most recent list and other Prop 65 information are available on California's web site: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html.

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 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.