Keeping California Consumers Safe from Toxic or Hazardous Chemicals

In 1986, California passed the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. Commonly referred to as proposition 65, this required California businesses both domestic and international to make customers aware of the various potentially toxic chemicals that are used in the production of products that consumers purchase. This was meant to help inform consumers of potential health risks concerning the products that companies produce. However, even though this piece of legislation has been in existence for almost 30 years, there are still plenty of companies that are less than forthright about the potentially hazardous chemicals that they have exposed their customers to through the products and services they provide.

What this has done is created an enormous need for individuals backed by legal professionals to ensure that the mandates pursuant to this particular proposition are followed to the letter. In situations where this proposition isn’t strictly adhered to by various companies, individuals in concert with legal professionals have been able to successfully bring significant legal action through class-action lawsuits against companies that are not fully compliant with the standards set forth by Prop 65.

If you as an individual feel that a business is less than forthcoming about the toxic or hazardous chemicals that they expose their customers to on a regular basis or if you have proof that a company is knowingly or negligently holding back this information, it’s important that you seek out legal representation in order to bring these sorts of legal actions against companies in question. In these situations, it’s not about winning money but it’s about being an effective force in making sure that people in general and their welfare is being considered by the companies that they do business with on a regular basis.

There are many different benefits to informing consumers about potentially toxic or hazardous chemicals and that is precisely what the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 was drafted to do. It has been extremely effective in making customers aware of potential hazardous chemicals and it has helped to reshape the way products and services are presented to consumers in the state of California. However, there is much work left to be done that’s why if a company is willingly or negligently not in compliance with Prop 65, it’s important that legal professionals as well as residents of the state of California keep these companies honest.