Intertek Ageus Solutions' Product Evaluation Services for California's Proposition 65



    Product analysis and risk mitigation services for California
    Proposition 65

    KANATA, ON, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Intertek Ageus Solutions
(www.ageussolutions.com) offers complete product evaluation services for
California Proposition 65 compliance. With a focus on procurement
agreements/supply chain management, data collection and verification, risk
assessment, material replacement and traceable documentation, Intertek Ageus
Solutions' Product Evaluation services provide a comprehensive approach to
protecting clients from Prop 65 prosecution.
    "Since its enactment in 1986, Prop 65 has evolved into one of the most
enforced legislative requirements for material content in consumer products.
As great as the concern has been over EU RoHS and related penalties,
enforcement actions for Prop 65 are not only more common, but generally
carried out more quickly and at a greater cost," explains Bruce Calder,
General Manager for Intertek Ageus Solutions. "With nearly 1,000
Proposition 65 legal actions per year, having average settlements in excess of
$100K USD, companies are turning to Intertek Ageus Solutions for support."
    Intertek Ageus Solutions' Prop 65 product evaluation services provide a
detailed analysis of a company's products; analysis of potential Prop 65
exposure; and reviews and provides recommendations for managing risk within
the company's supply chain.

    Intertek Ageus Solutions' product analysis and testing services for
    Prop 65 include:

    
    1. Toxicologist Risk Assessment & Test Recommendation
        - In-depth product review by a certified toxicologist in relation to
          Prop 65
        - Review of supplier MSDS sheets
        - Development of clearly defined test protocol for lab technicians
        - Written testing protocol recommended for:
              - High-risk substances
              - Leaching & concentration

    2. Product Testing
        - Testing for high risk substances (heavy metals & phthalates) per
          written protocol from toxicologist
              - Completed in a certified laboratory
        - Detailed preliminary written lab report confirming test protocols
          followed and results, per product
              - Includes substances identified, allowable ppm limits vs.
                actual concentration found

    3. Prop 65 Guidance Report
        - In-depth review of written preliminary lab results by a certified
          toxicologist
        - Detailed conclusive written report including;
              - Products tested, intended use and life expectancy
              - Testing methods used
              - Quantity of chemicals identified
              - Exposure analysis
              - Chemical content level comparison with safe harbor limits
                established by State of California
        - Written final summary and additional recommendations (if any)
    

    Intertek Ageus Solutions' experts work with companies to analyze the
chemical content of products, assess their particular risks and exposure, and
provide strategies for meeting their specific obligations under Prop 65. A
Project Manager is assigned to each client in order to optimize the
coordination of activities tailored to meet each company's specific
requirements.
    California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) is enforced by the California
Attorney General's Office (in addition to district attorneys or city
attorneys); however, lawsuits with regards to Proposition 65 non-compliance
can be filed by individuals acting on behalf of the public interest.
Defendants have 60 days, from the notice of an alleged violation, to comply or
face possible legal action which includes fines of up to $2500 per day per
violation. Most lawsuits are resolved in settlements with agreements to
reformulate the product in violation and/or add the required hazard warning.

    About Intertek

    Intertek is a leading international provider of quality and safety
services to a wide range of global and local industries. Partnership with
Intertek brings increased value to customers' products and processes,
ultimately supporting their success in the global market place. Intertek has
the experience, expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers
through its extensive network of laboratories and offices and over
20,000 people in more than 100 countries around the world.

    About Intertek Ageus Solutions

    Ageus Solutions, a unit of Intertek Testing Services, is a leader in
global environmental compliance, consulting, technology services and product
stewardship. Intertek Ageus Solutions provides a comprehensive approach to
compliance with e-waste requirements including product conversion, material
declaration, government reporting and due diligence documentation. Intertek
Ageus Solutions is the North American leader in Japan Green, RoHS, WEEE, and
China RoHS compliance, providing hundreds of manufacturers and distributors
with the expertise to meet and surmount the challenges presented by these and
other emerging environmental regulations.




For further information:

For further information: Nicole Cooper, Corporate Communications
Director, Intertek Ageus Solutions, (613) 599-4321, info@ageussolutions.com,
www.ageussolutions.com

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