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Important Statement on DINP On December 20, 2013 the State of California added DINP to the Proposition 65 list of chemicals “known to the State of California to cause cancer”. DINP (Diisononyl phthalate) is a phthalate plasticizer used in the manufacture of many vinyl (polyvinyl chloride/PVC) products, including electrical wire, coated fabrics, automotive parts, vinyl flooring, and footwear, as well as general purpose and medical examination gloves. Phthalate compounds render vinyl pliable and are used in hundreds of products worldwide. Most manufacturers of vinyl gloves chose DINP to replace DEHP (Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate), which was previously added to Prop 65. A statutory one-year grace period was allowed for manufacturers and suppliers selling products in California to either replace DINP or label their products with a warning statement. After December 20, 2014 any vinyl gloves containing DINP sold in California could expose the seller, wholesaler, distributor, importer and/or manufacturer to serious financial penalties if the products do not possess a prominent warning statement. The following information is provided to help our customers understand this important issue. Q: What is Proposition 65? A: Enacted in 1986, Prop 65 is a California law intended to reduce or eliminate exposure to certain substances. It is comprised of a list of substances that the State of California recognizes as causing cancer and/or birth defects. The entire list of substances can be viewed online by visiting the webpage of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA): http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/prop65_list/newlist.html. Q: How long will this affect products containing DINP? A: There is no statute of limitations and the law is retroactive. The original manufacturer or distributor who sold a product before December 20, 2013 can still be held liable after the end of the one-year grace period of December 20, 2014. In other words, any product manufactured with DINP that is not identified with a “safe harbor” warning after December 30, 2014 is considered in violation of Prop 65. This is true regardless of the manufacture date. In addition, the manufacturer or distributor remains responsible for product that is resold at any time in the future within California. This exposure extends along the entire distribution chain, with the retailer, distributor, importer and manufacturer all being subject to possible penalties. Q: Do vinyl gloves containing DINP pose a health risk? A: There is substantial scientific and medical evidence that vinyl gloves are safe and serve a valuable role in the medical and industrial glove market. Simply because DINP has been placed on the Prop 65 does NOT mean that vinyl gloves containing this substance are unsafe or pose a health risk. In fact, the very agency that placed DINP on the Prop 65 list (California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment) has stated that the mere listing of a substance does not mean that any product is in “violation of any product-safety standards”. In addition, numerous governmental regulatory bodies (including the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the European Chemicals Agency) have studied DINP and concluded that it does not pose a risk to human health at typical exposure levels. Q: What is Sempermed doing to mitigate the risk? A: A listed substance may continue to be sold in California if it includes a prominent “safe harbor” warning. The applicable warning reads “WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer.” While our factories work to identify alternative plasticizers, Sempermed has added the “safe harbor” warning to all branded vinyl products and related materials to remain compliant with California law. For more information, please contact Sempermed Customer Service at 800.366.9545 13900 49th Street North  Clearwater, Florida 33762 Office 727.787.7250  Fax 727.787.7558

Prop 65 compliant PF vinyl gloves/1,000 per case. Free shipping.
Prop 65 compliant PF vinyl gloves/1,000 per case. Free shipping.

$45.00, 2/$84.00

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