BUILDING MATERIAL SUPPLY PRODUCTS
California Proposition 65
Regulations promulgated by the State of California under Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, require businesses to provide specific warnings to their customers if a product sold by the business contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm, provided such exposure to the chemicals in those products exceed the safe limitations imposed by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (“OEHHA”). The warnings are intended to assist California consumers in making informed decisions about their exposure to carcinogens and toxicants from products containing such chemicals and substances.
Chain Of Supply
Foundation Building Materials, LLC (including its affiliates, subsidiaries, and divisions, “FBM”) is a distributor of building materials and products, with operations throughout the United States and Canada. FBM is not a manufacturer of the products it sells, and as a distribution business in which a majority of products are purchased via purchase orders as opposed to in-store or online, it is not practical for FBM to label products or post signs above each product. Therefore, in addition to the general warnings provided below, FBM urges its customers seeking more information as to the chemical compositions of certain products to visit the product manufacturer’s website. In addition to providing Proposition 65 warnings of their own in product catalogs and internet listings, most product manufacturers make available Material Safety Data Sheets, certifications, and other information relating to their products and the chemical compositions thereof. For more information on the potential risks of exposure to such chemicals and substances, and other information regarding Proposition 65 please consult the OEHHA at www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
Please be advised the warnings provided below are not exhaustive, but are offered to provide guidance with respect to some of the more popular products distributed by FBM. For more information on the types of chemicals and substances you may be exposed to from other products and materials distributed by FBM, please consult the manufacturer’s labels on said products, the product’s instructions (if applicable), and/or the Material Safety Data Sheets generally available on the respective manufacturer’s website.
Wood products may expose you to chemicals including wood dust which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and methanol, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Drilling, sawing, sanding, or machining wood products may expose you to wood dust. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection. For more information, please visit www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/wood.
Drywall and Ceiling Products
This product may expose you to crystalline silica, which may be released upon sawing, sanding, or machining, known to the State of California to cause cancer, or attapulgite, known to the State of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm. Panels do not release respirable dust in their installed state and do not present any known health hazards when installed and properly maintained. During installation, work in a well-ventilated area and avoid breathing dust. Avoid contact with skin or eyes and do not cut with power equipment unless a dust collector is used or an approved respirator is worn to prevent overexposure to airborne crystalline silica. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
Steel Products may expose you to chemicals including nickel which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and lead, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. The normal use of cutting, grinding, welding, and handling steel products may generate and cause exposure to nickel or lead. Use proper protective equipment and do not inhale dust particles. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
Insulation Products may expose you to chemicals including, without limitation, formaldehyde, glass wool fibers, and silicon dioxide (quartz), which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and carbon black and petroleum asphalt (fumes), known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. Use proper protective equipment when handling. Do not inhale particles or fumes from product installation. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.