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About California Proposition 65

Proposition 65 is a California law that has been in effect since 1986 to promote clean drinking water and to require businesses
to provide a clear and reasonable warning before exposing individuals to consumer products containing chemicals known to
the state to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Proposition 65’s formal title is “The Safe Drinking Water
and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.” It is administered by CAL/EPA’S Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment


The law requires that no person in the course of doing business knowingly and intentionally expose an individual to a chemical
known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without first giving a clear and reasonable warning. An
official list of these 900 plus substances is published and periodically updated by OEHHA. As a courtesy to our customers the
list can be accessed at


Parker Steel is a distributor of metallic raw materials that are produced by other manufacturers and we are committed to
providing quality products to all of our customers. Some products supplied by Parker Steel contain chemicals, identified by the
state of California as a cause of cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Proposition 65 does not require warning
where the exposure poses no significant risk of cancer or no observable effect as set forth in law and regulations. Exposure
levels are generally expressed as a daily exposure level and not as a concentration or weight % present in a product. Exposure
levels are influenced by many factors, including the intended use or application for the product. While the state of California has
identified so-called “safe harbor” exposure levels for some listed chemicals, there is little regulatory guidance to determine
whether or when the use of a product results in exposure below those levels and thus poses no significant risk to the average
user. In some cases, testing and a risk assessment may be required to establish acceptable exposure levels for certain
applications and uses. Parker Steel will provide material certifications and SDS sheets upon request and label packaging
accord-lying that is shipping into the State of California with the proper Prop 65 warnings. Consumer products, which can be
demonstrated to have exposures less than the safe harbor level for specific chemicals, may not require labeling. Due to the
presence of Prop 65 listed chemicals in certain Parker Steel products, you may have concerns about compliance with
Proposition 65. If this is the case, you may wish to include a product label on products that may be delivered within California to
include the following warning:


WARNING: This product can expose you to a chemical or chemicals such as Lead, Chromium, Cobalt & Nickel which is
known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.
For more information, go to:
Safe Drinking Water & Toxic Enforcement Act, CA Prop. 65


If your company intends to use Parker Steel products as a component in a product(s) sold or delivered to consumers in
California, Parker Steel recommends that you take steps to determine whether the warning requirements of California’s
“Prop 65” apply. Your company is solely responsible for determining whether your finished consumer product needs to be
labeled in compliance with Prop 65.


Conflict Minerals

In July of 2010, the United States Congress passed legislation requiring companies to report the use of “Conflict Minerals” in the manufacture of their products. “Conflict Minerals” in this context refer to specific minerals originating from mines controlled by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries. The specific metals in question are:

  • Coltan (columbite tantalite) and its derivatives (Tantalum)
  • Cassiterite and its derivatives (Tin)
  • Wolframite and its derivatives (Tungsten)
  • Gold


Parker Steel Company is committed to complying with this legislation and plans to comply with forthcoming regulations and will work towards making all Parker Steel’s products as “Conflict Free”.


The U.S. Secretary of State may designate other minerals in the future. We support these requirements to further the humanitarian goal of ending violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and in surrounding countries, which has been partially financed by the exploitation and trade of “conflict minerals”.


OUR “Conflict-Free” COMMITMENT:

  1. Support the aims and objectives of the U.S. legislation on the supply of “conflict minerals”.
  2. Do not knowingly procure specified metals that originate from facilities in the “Conflict Region” that are not certified as “conflict free”.
  3. Ensure compliance with these requirements, and ask our suppliers to undertake reasonable due diligence with their supply chains to assure that specified metals are being sourced only from:
          •  Mines and smelters outside the “Conflict Region” or
          •  Mines and smelters which have been certified by an independent
              third party as “conflict free” if sourced within the “Conflict Region”.
  4. This due diligence includes having our suppliers provide written evidence documenting that the materials supplied to Parker Steel Company, originate from outside the “Conflict Region” or if they originate from within the “Conflict Region”, that the mines or smelters be certified as “conflict free” by an independent third party. The aim is to ensure that only “conflict free” materials and are used in products that we procure.


If we discover the use of these minerals produced in facilities that are considered to be “non-conflict free”, in any material, parts or components we procure, we will take appropriate actions to transition product to be “conflict free”.

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