California Residents – Proposition 65
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), which is known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65WArnings.ca.gov
The following products on our website contain DEHP in their cords -
DEHP makes the cords of these power strips flexible, enabling them to be installed in hard to reach places like behind furniture, under desks and around heavy equipment.
What is Prop 65?
These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. See more
List of chemicals
Prop 65 also requires the state to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm. Since 1987 when this list was first published and must be updated at least once a year, it now contains about 900 chemicals.
Here’s the complete list.
What is DEHP?
The Chemical Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is used in cords of the power strips and surge protectors. This is the chemical in plastic that makes cords flexible.
DEHP is present in plastic products such as wall coverings, tablecloths, floor tiles, furniture upholstery, shower curtains, garden hoses, swimming pool liners, rainwear, baby pants, dolls, some toys, shoes, automobile upholstery and tops, packaging film and sheets, sheathing for wire and cable, medical tubing, and blood storage bags.
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What level of exposure to DEHP is considered dangerous?
At the levels found in the environment, DEHP is not expected to cause harmful health effects in humans. Most of what we know about the health effects of DEHP comes from studies of rats and mice given high amounts of DEHP.
Harmful effects in animals generally occurred only with high amounts of DEHP or with prolonged exposures. Moreover, absorption and breakdown of DEHP in humans is different than in rats or mice, so the effects seen in rats and mice may not occur in humans.
Rats that breathed DEHP in the air showed no serious harmful effects. Their lifespan and ability to reproduce were not affected.
Brief oral exposure to very high levels of DEHP damaged sperm in mice. Although the effect reversed when exposure ceased, sexual maturity was delayed in the animals.
High amounts of DEHP damaged the liver of rats and mice. Whether or not DEHP contributes to human kidney damage is unclear.
Skin contact with products containing DEHP will probably cause no harmful effects because it cannot be taken up easily through the skin.
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Where can I get more information?
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your community or state health or environmental quality department or:
For more information, contact:
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences
1600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop F-57
Atlanta, GA 30333
Phone: 1-800-CDC-INFO · 888-232-6348 (TTY)
Email: Contact CDC-INFO
ATSDR can also tell you the location of occupational and environmental health clinics. These clinics specialize in recognizing, evaluating, and treating illnesses resulting from exposure to hazardous substances.