Why is there the California Proposition 65 warning label on the GO device?

Related Questions

  • Why does the GO device have the California Prop 65 warning label mean?
  • What is the cancer warning label is for?

Applies To

  • GO Device
  • California Proposition 65 (California Prop 65)

Answer

This warning is provided pursuant to a California law known as Proposition 65. Under Proposition 65, California maintains a list of chemicals known to the State to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm at certain exposure levels. Effective August, 2018 Proposition 65 was updated to change the warning label requirements and update the list of chemicals to include more than 850 chemicals. Any company which is aware or believes that one or more of the 850+ listed chemicals is present in its product must provide a notice to California consumers unless it can prove that in the case of chemicals that are listed as causing birth defects or reproductive harm, exposure levels are 1000 times less than a scientifically-established safe level, known as the "level of no observable effect", and in the case of chemicals that are listed as causing cancer, exposure levels are below the “no significant risk level” as defined by the State of California.

Geotab, through third party laboratories, has tested our products for certain of the chemicals on the list. While the exposure level of Prop 65-listed chemicals from the use of Geotab's products may be well below the thresholds established by the State of California, conclusively proving this fact can be difficult and costly on a per product basis. Therefore Geotab has, out of an abundance of caution, attached the Proposition 65 consumer notice to our products.

The specific chemicals present in our devices which trigger the warning are Acrylonitrile (cancer) and BPA (reproductive toxicity).

Additional Notes

a. What is the reason for the P65 warning on the GPS unit, specifically? 
"Any company which is aware or believes that one or more of the 850+ Prop 65-listed chemicals could be present in its product must provide a notice to California consumers unless it can prove that in the case of chemicals that are listed as causing birth defects or reproductive harm, exposure levels are 1000 times less than a scientifically-established safe level, known as the "level of no observable effect", and in the case of chemicals that are listed as causing cancer, exposure levels are below the “no significant risk level” as defined by the State of California." 

Given that Geotab markets products into California, and the law applies to companies who make products that are used in California, Geotab conducted testing. Geotab, through third party laboratories, has tested our products for some chemicals  listed in Prop 65. While the exposure level of Prop 65-listed chemicals from the use of Geotab's products may be well below the established thresholds, conclusively proving this fact is both difficult and costly on a per product basis. Therefore Geotab has, out of an abundance of caution, attached the Proposition 65 consumer notice to our products.

b. Is it chemical ingestion that causes cancer?
The term “exposure” extends to any form of coming into contact with the chemical - ingestion is one example. For chemicals that are listed as causing cancer, the "no significant risk level” is defined as the level of exposure that would result in not more than one excess case of cancer in 100,000 individuals exposed to the chemical over a 70-year lifetime. In other words, a person exposed to the chemical at the “no significant risk level” for 70 years would not have more than a “one in 100,000” chance of developing cancer as a result of that exposure.

c. Is it the components/materials of the device that cause cancer? 
At least one of the chemicals in the device has been classified by the State of California as causing cancer. For chemicals that are listed as causing cancer, the "no significant risk level” is defined as the level of exposure that would result in not more than one excess case of cancer in 100,000 individuals exposed to the chemical over a 70-year lifetime. While the exposure level of Prop 65-listed chemicals from the use of Geotab's products may be well below the no significant risk level, proving that exposure is less than this threshold can be difficult and costly on a per product basis. Therefore Geotab has, out of an abundance of caution, attached the Proposition 65 consumer notice to our products.

d. Is it the devices communication signal that causes cancer? 
Prop 65 warnings apply only to the list of 850+ chemicals included under Prop 65.  Prop 65 does not relate to wireless communication signals.

For more information on Proposition 65 please see the following website: 

https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/general-info/proposition-65-plain-language