Proposition 65


Proposition 65, officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted as a ballot initiative in November 1986. The proposition protects the state's drinking water sources from being contaminated with chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to such chemicals.

What is Proposition 65?


Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.  These chemicals can be in the products that Californians purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By requiring that this information be provided, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals.

Proposition 65 also prohibits California businesses from knowingly discharging significant amounts of listed chemicals into sources of drinking water.

Proposition 65 requires California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 900 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.


Garland’s Statement:


Garland Writing Instruments is placing warnings on our products to comply with the state of California’s Proposition 65 regulation. Because of the difficulty in independently testing exposure levels of all the 900+ chemicals listed in the requirement for every product we manufacture and the uncertainty of whether or not a product may end up shipping to California we have decided to put warnings on all our products as a precautionary measure. Here is an example a warning we are placing on our products.

If you have specific questions regarding materials in our product line, please contact us.

Updated as of May 16, 2019

Download PDF version of our CA Prop 65 Statement


Garland Writing Instruments/Becker Manufacturing Company Product Safety Statement
CPSIA General Certificate of Conformity


Becker/Garland is committed to providing our distributors and their clients a safe and reliable product. Our products are manufactured
in the USA with components sourced from USA suppliers. We are in compliance with all Federal and State product and process safety
requirements, and we only work with vendors that can provide documentation of their compliance with all component and process
safety criteria.


Our products are not sold or marketed to children and as such are not subject to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
regulations regarding children’s items.

Our products are not edible or ingested and are also not items that are dispensed or applied onto the skin or body. They are therefore
not subject to the CPSC or Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.

Our products are not flammable, combustible, corrosive or produced using materials determined to be hazardous under current CPSC

We maintain $2,000,000 in product liability coverage with an additional $2,000,000 umbrella policy for resolution of any unforeseen or
potential product liability claims or issues.

We maintain updated Safety Data Sheets on all purchased components and manufacturing supplies and all employees receive annual
refresher training.

We adhere to all provisions of the Federal Fair Employment and Safety regulations and standards.

Any materials or chemicals used in our production processes are property disposed of according to Federal and State requirements.

We do not use any of the listed items that are subject to the California Proposition 65 regulations.

Should any of our products become subject to a recall or litigation due to product safety issues, appropriate notification will be made
to all involved parties.

Should you have any specific questions regarding our products or our safety standards, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Updated as of January 1, 2018.

Download PDF version of our Product Safety Statement




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