California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed new amendments under Title 6 of Proposition 65 to OEHHA to adopt tailored safe harbor exposure warnings for exposures to listed chemicals that can occur at residential rental properties. The agency is proposing this rulemaking in response to a request from residential rental property owners.
The agency notes in its announcement that the proposed regulatory action will facilitate residential rental property businesses’ compliance with the Act by providing clarifying guidance concerning the provision of safe harbor warnings under Proposition 65. The health and welfare of California residents will likely benefit by increasing the public’s ability to understand the warnings they receive for the various exposures to listed chemicals that may occur at residential rental properties.
Potential exposures to substances that may be present at residential rental properties and hotels and motels was a hotly contested issue in 2008 when the citizen enforcement group Consumer Defense Group proposed a settlement that would have required Proposition 65 warnings for practically any substance commonly found in a typical apartment complex.
OEHHA’s Notice represents that the proposed regulatory action will have no effect on housing costs because it does not impose any new mandatory requirements on any business.
The residential rental property amendment is one of several tailored regulations that OEHHA is finalizing in advance of the effective date of the revised warning regulations that will take effect on August 30.
OEHHA is now seeking public comments on the proposed amendments beginning on March 2, through April 16.
Public comments should be directed to:
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
P. O. Box 4010, MS 23 11F
Sacramento, California 95812-4010