Wells Fargo Offers IHA Members Prop 65 Insurance

Prop 65 requires warning labels on products that contain certain chemicals
Posted on September 1, 2016 by Allison Zisko

IHAROSEMONT, Ill.—The International Housewares Association is partnering with Wells Fargo Insurance to provide a new insurance program that can help members mitigate their liability under the California Proposition (Prop) 65 legislation.

The Prop 65 Protection Program provides protection from the costs associated with defending a Prop 65 lawsuit specific to plasticizers, including fines, penalties and legal costs.

Warning labels are required under Prop 65 on products sold in California that contain chemicals that contain certain chemiclas known to cause cancer, birth defects or other harm.

The insurance program provides protection from fines and legal fees for product suppliers with items that contain any of the current 19 plastics covered under the Prop 65 definition. These plastics are used to add flexibility to many commonly used housewares products, including storage containers, mats and any housewares item with an electric cord.

“Enforcement of Prop 65 occurs through civil lawsuits, and, unlike most other regulations which require the plaintiff to prove harm related to the claim, private citizens who sue are not required to do so,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president & CEO. “General liability, product liability and pollution liability policies do not protect against these claims ... This specialized insurance will help our members, especially small and medium-sized companies, have peace of mind that they are protecting their businesses from these onerous suits.”

More information about the insurance program can be found here.

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