BSH Home Appliances Corporation Website Legal Policy Statement
Be aware that www.bosch-home.com/us may contain links to other websites. If you are linked to a third parties' website a new window may be opened. Thus please recognize that you have entered a new website because websites of third parties sometimes also use the name Bosch and the Bosch logo. BSH does not assume any liability for the performance, quality, accuracy, timeliness, reliability, or any other aspect of products or services on these websites. BSH is neither responsible for third parties' legal or privacy policies nor for their processing of personal data.
Unless otherwise indicated, all marks displayed on BSH websites are subject to the trademark rights of BSH, including each of BSH's brands, its model names, and its corporate logos and emblems.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED BY BSH "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING (BUT NOT LIMITED TO) ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. WHILE THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IS BELIEVED TO BE ACCURATE, IT MAY INCLUDE ERRORS OR INACCURACIES. BSH WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS WEBSITE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. THE BSH COMPANY POLICY IS ONE OF CONTINUOUS PRODUCT IMPROVEMENT AND BSH THEREBY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO IMPLEMENT IMPROVEMENTS AND CHANGES TO THESE PRODUCTS AT ANY TIME WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
BSH has sought to achieve an innovative and informative website. We hope that you will be as enthusiastic as we are about this creative effort. However, you also need to understand that BSH must protect its intellectual property, including its patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Accordingly, please appreciate that no license to BSH's intellectual property or the intellectual property of third parties has been granted by this website.
BSH takes very seriously its responsibility towards society and the environment, and behaves in accordance with the relevant legal, social and environmental framework conditions wherever it operates. Accordingly, BSH is committed to requiring its suppliers to maintain the highest fundamental labor and human rights standards as well. Requiring its suppliers to observe these environmental and social standards is not only a matter of corporate responsibility; it also serves to safeguard BSH’s global reputation. These principles are embedded in the “Code of Conduct for Suppliers of the BSH group,” which is based on the principles of the Code of Conduct of CECED as well as the UN Global Compact. The Code of Conduct also reflects BSH’s own “Business Conduct Guidelines,” which establishes fundamental principles of sustainability and apply to the entire company.
BSH operates not only in accordance with clear Codes of Conduct as well as Business Conduct Guidelines, which are mandatory worldwide, but also with directives to concentrate business with on the best suppliers who agree to and comply with our standards in the supply chain. BSH obligates its suppliers by contract to comply with our “Conditions of Purchase,” including the section entitled “Corporate Social Responsibility,” which states as follows:
The supplier undertakes to comply with the applicable laws of all relevant jurisdictions, not to tolerate any kind of corruption or bribery and to obey the fundamental rights of its employees and the prohibition of child labor. Furthermore, the supplier shall assume responsibility for its employee’ health and safety at work, care for fair wages and working hours, comply with the applicable environmental protection laws and use its best efforts to ask and encourage its suppliers to comply with these principals.
BSH also requires, through its Standard Supplier Agreement, that its vendors comply with the principals and requirements of the Code of Conduct for Suppliers of the BSH group, and reserves the right to request the supplier verify in writing its compliance, as well as reserving the right to verify through on-site audit of the suppliers’ premises. BSH also obligates its suppliers to impose the same principles and requirements on its own suppliers pursuant to its contracts.
What is this warning?
You may have seen the following warning associated with our products, as well as on other products purchased from other manufacturers:
WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
This warning is the result of a law passed in California in 1986, referred to as the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, or more generally referred to as "Proposition 65."
The warning does not mean that our products will necessarily cause cancer or reproductive harm. Moreover, a Proposition 65 warning does not mean a product is in violation of any product-safety standards or requirements. In fact, the California government has clarified that “[t]he fact that a product bears a Proposition 65 warning does not mean by itself that the product is unsafe.” The government has also explained, “You could think of Proposition 65 more as a ‘right to know’ law than a pure product safety law.” See http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/background/p65plain.html .
While we believe our products are not harmful when used as designed, we provide the warning as a result of this California law.
What is Proposition 65?
Proposition 65 is broad law that applies to any company operating in California, selling products in California, or manufacturing products that may be sold in or brought into California. It mandates that the Governor of California maintain and publish a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects and/or other reproductive harm. The list, which must be updated annually, includes a wide variety of chemicals that can be found in many everyday items, such as dyes, solvents, drugs, food-additives, by-products of certain processes, pesticides and tobacco products. The purpose of Proposition 65 is to ensure that people are informed about exposure to these chemicals.
Proposition 65 also requires warnings to be placed on any product, product packaging, or literature accompanying a product that contains or may contain any of the 800-plus chemicals that the California Air Resources Board considers harmful. As noted above, many of the elements listed under Proposition 65 have been routinely used in everyday consumer items for years without documented harm.
A warning must be given if the listed chemical is merely present in a product unless a business demonstrates that the exposure it causes poses "no significant risk." With respect to carcinogens, the "no significant risk" level is defined as the level which is calculated to result in not more than one excess case of cancer in 100,000 individuals exposed over a 70-year lifetime. In other words, if you are exposed to the chemical in question at this level every day for 70 years, theoretically, it will increase your chances of getting cancer by no more than 1 case in 100,000 individuals so exposed.
With respect to reproductive toxicants, the "no significant risk" level is defined as the level of exposure which, even if multiplied by 1,000, will not produce birth defects or other reproductive harm. In other words, the level of exposure is below the "no observable effect level," divided by 1,000. (The "no observable effect level" is the highest dose level which has not been associated with observable reproductive harm in humans or test animals.)
A Proposition 65 warning generally means one of two things: (1) the business has evaluated the exposure and has concluded that it exceeds the "no significant risk level"; or (2) the business has chosen to provide a warning simply based on its knowledge about the presence of a listed chemical without attempting to evaluate the exposure. BSH has chosen to provide a warning based on its knowledge about the presence of one or more listed chemicals without attempting to evaluate the level of exposure, as not all of the listed chemicals provide exposure limit requirements. With BSH's products, the exposure may be negligible or well within the “no significant risk” range. However, out of an abundance of caution, BSH has elected to provide the Proposition 65 warnings.
Why does BSH include this warning?
The penalties for not complying with Proposition 65 are high. As a result of the potential penalties and because there is no penalty for providing an unnecessary warning, BSH, as well as many other manufacturers, have elected to provide the Proposition 65 notice out of an abundance of caution in order to avoid the potential for liability.
I purchased this product outside of California; why it is included?
Our products are sold nationwide. It would be extremely difficult and costly to determine which products will be ultimately sold or brought into California. Therefore, to ensure compliance with Proposition 65 requirements, we have decided to include these warnings on all of our products, regardless of origin.
For more information about Proposition 65 visit: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65/getNSRLs.html