Search

California Mulls Adding Pain Killer to Prop 65 Dangerous Chemicals List

Posted on 1/28/2020 by Lauren Scott

California regulators are reviewing a proposal that would add acetaminophen to their Proposition 65 list of chemicals believed to cause cancer or reproductive complications. This is only the most recent of several high-profile considerations, which has included alcoholic drinks and coffee.

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) examined 133 peer-reviewed studies about the potential risks of the pain killer and found mixed results. Some studies reported an increased risk of some cancers, while others did not. OEHHA also noted that it was difficult to isolate carcinogenic effects of acetaminophen from other risk factors like smoking and/or drinking.

A public hearing is scheduled for this spring as part of OEHHA’s review process to see if acetaminophen should be added to Prop 65.

What is Proposition 65?

To protect California’s drinking water sources from chemicals that have potential to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm, California enacted the Safe Drinking and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Also known as Proposition 65, or Prop 65, this legislation includes a diverse list of chemicals found in personal goods, food, drugs, or pesticides. The list is updated annually and now includes over 1,000 chemicals.

The proposition requires companies that use these substances in their products to notify consumers about the potential hazards posed by these substances. These businesses must also monitor and control chemical discharges to sources of drinking water. Manufacturers that fail to adhere to these regulations can be fined as much as $2,500 per violation per day.
 

Why Add Acetaminophen to the Prop 65 List?

Acetaminophen, known outside the US as paracetamol, is the active ingredient in many common over-the-counter pain killers. This analgesic can be used to treat fever and mild to moderate pain when adhering to the recommended dosage.

The drug was last evaluated for carcinogenic effects in 1990 and 1999 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Both times, research findings were inconclusive.
 

Spring 2020: California Hazardous Waste Training

Join us in March and April when Lion’s California Hazardous Waste Training returns to the Golden State.

This two-day workshop will help you meet the State/Federal annual hazardous waste training mandates and get you up to speed on the critical Title 22 regulations and California Health and Safety Code requirements you must know. Plus, prepare you for new Federal regulations soon to be adopted in Califonria! 
 
San Diego March 23–24
Ontario  March 26–27
San Jose March 30–31
Sacramento April 2–3
 
Can join us live? Train at your own pace with the online California Hazardous Waste Management or California Hazardous Waste Management Refresher online course. 

Tags: California, chemicals, environmental compliance, health and safety, Prop 65

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

Excellent job. Made what is very dry material interesting. Thoroughly explained all topics in easy-to-understand terms.

David Hertvik

Vice President

Our instructor was very dynamic and kept everyone's interest. Hazmat shipping can be a dry, complicated topic but I was engaged the entire time.

Kimberly Arnao

Senior Director of EH&S

Energetic/enthusiastic! Made training enjoyable, understandable and fun!

Amanda Walsh

Hazardous Waste Professional

This course went above my expectations from the moment I walked in the door. The instructor led us through two days packed with useful compliance information.

Rachel Stewart

Environmental Manager

The instructor was very knowledgeable and provided pertinent information above and beyond the questions that were asked.

Johnny Barton

Logistics Coordinator

No comparison. Lion has the best RCRA training ever!!

Matt Sabine

Environmental Specialist

I can take what I learned in this workshop and apply it to everyday work and relate it to my activities.

Shane Hersh

Materials Handler

The online course was well thought out and organized, with good interaction between the student and the course.

Larry Ybarra

Material Release Agent

Lion's training was by far the best online RCRA training I've ever taken. It was challenging and the layout was great!

Paul Harbison

Hazardous Waste Professional

The instructor was great, explaining complex topics in terms that were easily understandable and answering questions clearly and thoroughly.

Brittany Holm

Lab Supervisor

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Get to know the top 5 changes to OSHA’s revised GHS Hazard Communication Standard at 29 CFR 1910.1200 and how the updates impacts employee safety at your facility.

Latest Whitepaper

By submitting your phone number, you agree to receive recurring marketing and training text messages. Consent to receive text messages is not required for any purchases. Text STOP at any time to cancel. Message and data rates may apply. View our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.