Between local standards, nationwide standards, and third-party testing requirements, there’s a lot to keep track of when it comes to the various types of low-lead and safety certifications. Learn more about the different certifications our faucets have to pass before coming to you, to keep you safe.
What is Prop 65? – Prop 65 is an initiative called the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, which addresses exposure to toxic chemicals. Proposition 65’s primary purpose is as a “Right to Know” statute, is to make sure people are made aware before they purchase, that the product they may contact, contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, congenital disabilities, and/or other reproductive harm. Even when the amount of the chemical is extremely small, the statute requires a warning label.
The State of California lists over 900 chemicals that a company must disclose under Prop 65. The list, updated annually, includes a wide variety of chemicals that is in many consumer products that we use every day.
Why do we have Prop 65 warning labels on some of our products? – We provide Prop 65 warning labels simply to inform consumers that the product contains chemicals on the State of California’s Prop 65 list. Pioneer Industries products that carry the Prop 65 label include components made with brass, which contains small but detectible amounts of lead—an element included on the Prop 65 chemical list. Brass has a decades-long history of safe and successful use in plumbing applications.
We provide Prop 65 warning labels to inform consumers that the product contains chemicals on the State of California’s Prop 65 list. However, it does not mean that a product is unsafe. All Pioneer Industries products meet or exceed the requirements of applicable product performance and safety industry standards, in addition to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The label simply ensures that our consumers are informed, and Pioneer Industries is in compliance with the State of California’s Prop 65 law for warning label requirements.
What is NSF certification? – The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) – is a third-party certification process. NSF certification provides information and assurance to suppliers, retailers, regulators, and consumers, stating that an independent organization has reviewed a product’s manufacturing process and determined that the product complies with specific standards for safety, quality, sustainability or performance. From extensive product testing and material analyses, to plant inspections and auditing, NSF evaluates every aspect of a product’s development.
NSF certifies food, food equipment, home/kitchen, plumbing, organic products as well as dietary and sports supplements, bottled water, pools and spas, building materials, interior furnishings, and more.
What is NSF/ANSI 61? – NSF/ANSI 61 is the only American National Standard to address the human health effects of drinking water system components. NSF/ANSI 61 is legally recognized as the national standard for the assessment of human health effects of drinking water contact materials, components and devices. NSF/ANSI 61 requires an analysis for any chemicals that leach from a material into drinking water and toxicological evaluation of concentrations leached to ensure that they are below levels that may cause potential adverse human health effects. They base the toxicological evaluation criteria on lifetime exposure to the concentration of contaminants in drinking water.
NSF/ANSI 61 is voluntarily used by certifying organizations, utilities, regulatory agencies, and manufacturers as a basis for providing assurances that adequate health protection exists for products covered by this standard. Including:
•Pipes and related products (pipe, hose, and fittings)
•Protective and barrier materials (cements/coatings)
•Mechanical plumbing devices (faucets, drinking fountains and components) and more.
What is AB1953, Vermont S152, or Lead-Free? – California AB1953 (or Vermont S152 for Vermont Queries) is a law that limits the weighted average of lead content in pipes, fittings, and plumbing fixtures used to convey drinking water to a maximum of 0.25% on wetted surfaces.
All products intended for potable water use must be lead-free. The term “lead-free” requires water to have less than 0.25% weighted average lead content in relation to the wetted surface of pipes, fittings, and fixtures in systems delivering water for human consumption.
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