CHA News Article

Hospitals Reminded to Post Updated Prop. 65 Signs
New signage requirements took effect Aug. 30

CHA reminds members that the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65) requires hospitals and other businesses to post warning signs about potential exposure to certain chemicals. Beginning Aug. 30, the required content of the signs changed. Previously, the signs were not required to list any specific chemicals but now must inform consumers and employees of at least one specific chemical to which they may be exposed in the area.

Each sign must also include a symbol consisting of a black exclamation point in a yellow equilateral triangle with a bold black outline; if no color is used in printing, then black and white is acceptable. Many commercial vendors sell these signs.

Hospitals should ensure that they have posted all needed signage in different areas in the hospital. For example, the food service/cafeteria sign may list acrylamide (found in French fries) or mercury (found in some fish), while an enclosed parking facility might list carbon monoxide. Other signs are needed for environmental exposure, occupational exposure, consumer products (gift shop, pharmacy), designated smoking areas, diesel generator areas and alcoholic beverages (if the hospital serves any). No warning is required for exposures resulting from prescription drugs, or emergency or urgent health care. A specific warning is required for nonemergent dental care, however.

Detailed information about the following signage requirements may be found online

  • Safe Harbor Clear and Reasonable Warnings – Methods and Content (§ 25601)
  • Consumer Product Exposure Warnings – Methods of Transmission (§ 25602 )
  • Consumer Product Exposure Warnings – Content (§ 25603 )
  • Environmental Exposure Warnings – Methods of Transmission (§ 25604)
  • Environmental Exposure Warnings – Content (§ 25605)
  • Occupational Exposure Warnings (§ 25606)
  • Specific Product, Chemical and Area Exposure Warnings (§ 25607)
  • Food Exposure Warnings – Methods of Transmission (§ 25607.1) 
  • Food Exposure Warnings – Content (§ 25607.2)
  • Alcoholic Beverage Exposure Warnings – Methods of Transmission (§ 25607.3)
  • Alcoholic Beverage Exposure Warnings – Content (§ 25607.4)
  • Food and Beverage Exposure Warnings for Restaurants – Methods of Transmission (§ 25607.5)
  • Food and Beverage Exposure Warnings for Restaurants – Content (§ 25607.6)
  • Prescription Drug Exposure and Emergency Medical or Dental Care Exposure Warnings (§ 25607.7)
  • Dental Care Exposure Warnings – Methods of Transmission (§ 25607.8)
  • Dental Care Exposure Warnings – Content (§ 25607.9)
  • Wood Dust Exposure Warnings – Methods of Transmission (§ 25607.10)
  • Wood Dust Exposure Warnings – Content (§ 25607.11)
  • Furniture Product Exposure Warnings – Methods of Transmission (§ 25607.12)
  • Furniture Product Exposure Warnings – Content (§ 25607.13)
  • Diesel Engine Exposure Warnings (Except Passenger Vehicle Engines) – Methods of Transmission (§ 25607.14)
  • Diesel Engine Exposure Warnings (Except Passenger Vehicle Engines) – Content (§ 25607.15)
  • Vehicle Exposure Warnings – Methods of Transmission (§ 25607.16)
  • Vehicle Exposure Warnings – Content (§ 25607.17)
  • Recreational Vessel Exposure Warnings – Method of Transmission (§ 25607.18)
  • Recreational Vessel Exposure Warnings – Content (§ 25607.19)
  • Enclosed Parking Facility Exposure Warnings – Method of Transmission (§ 25607.20)
  • Enclosed Parking Facility Exposure Warnings – Content (§ 25607.21)
  • Petroleum Products Warnings (Environmental Exposures) - Methods of Transmission (§ 25607.24)
  • Petroleum Products Warnings (Environmental Exposures) - Content (§ 25607.25)
  • Service Station and Vehicle Repair Facilities Warnings (Environmental Exposures) – Methods of Transmission (§ 25607.26)
  • Service Station and Vehicle Repair Facilities Warnings (Environmental Exposures) – Content (§ 25607.27)
  • Designated Smoking Area Exposure Warnings (Environmental Exposures) – Method of Transmission (§ 25607.28)
  • Designated Smoking Area Exposure Warnings (Environmental Exposures) – Content (§ 25607.29)
  • Hotel Exposure Warnings – Methods of Transmission (§ 25607.32)
  • Hotel Exposure Warnings – Content (§ 25607.33)

 

Commands