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All Bushnell products are designed and manufactured to be safe when used in the intended manner. Proposition 65 provides that no person in the course of doing business shall knowingly and intentionally expose any individual to a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without first giving clear and reasonable warning to such individual.
A warning is not required if the person responsible can show that the exposure poses no significant risk assuming lifetime exposure at the level in question for substances known to the State of California to cause cancer, and that the exposure will have no observable effect assuming exposure at one thousand (1000) times the level in question for substances known to the State to cause reproductive toxicity. The “no significant risk” level is defined as the level which is calculated to result in not more than one excess case of cancer in 100,000 individuals exposed over a 70-year lifetime.
In other words, if you are exposed to the chemical in question at this level every day for 70 years, it may increase your chances of getting cancer by no more than 1 case in 100,000 individuals so exposed.
Proposition 65 mandates that the Governor of California maintain and publish a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects and/or other reproductive harm. The list, which must be updated annually, includes a wide variety of chemicals that can be found in dyes, solvents, drugs, food-additives, by-products of certain processes, pesticides and tobacco products.
A chemical can be listed if it has been classified as a carcinogen or as a reproductive toxicant by an organization deemed "authoritative" on the subject. For carcinogens, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Toxicology Program, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer are deemed authoritative. With respect to reproductive toxicants, the authorities are the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and International Agency for Research on Cancer. A chemical can also be listed if it is required to be labeled or identified as a carcinogen or as a reproductive toxicant by an agency of the state or federal government.
A company with ten or more employees that operates within the State of California (or sells products in California) must comply with the requirements of Proposition 65. To comply, businesses are: (1) prohibited from knowingly discharging listed chemicals into sources of drinking water; and (2) required to provide a "clear and reasonable" warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to a listed chemical.
A proposition 65 warning means one of two things: (1) the business has evaluated the exposure and has concluded that it exceeds the "no significant risk level"; or (2) the business has chosen to provide a warning simply based on the potential presence of a listed chemical. With Bushnell's products, the exposure may be below the Proposition 65 level of concern, or could even be zero. However, out of an abundance of caution, Bushnell has elected to place the Proposition 65 warning signs on its products.
This warning appears due to the State of California’s Proposition 65 – a law intended to inform citizens about the potential presence of harmful materials. This law mandates a warning regarding the presence of one or more substances (even fractional amounts) found on a long list (over 800) maintained by the State of California. Some of the substances on the prop 65 list are quite common, but believed by the State of California to be potentially harmful in certain situations. A proposition 65 warning means one of two things: (1) the business has evaluated the exposure and has concluded that it requires the warning, or (2) the business has chosen to provide a warning simply based on the potential presence of a listed chemical. Out of an abundance of caution, Bushnell has elected to place the warning on its products while we continue to evaluate our products and identify opportunities to remove this warning over time.