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NEW PROP 65 WARNING LANGUAGE
California recently mandated a change in warning language requirements for Proposition 65, effective Aug. 31, 2018. Products manufactured prior to then remain compliant as long as they utilize the proper warning language in effect on or before Aug. 31, 2018.

Some of the changes include the mandate that all warnings must contain a yellow triangle warning image to the left of the warning language in a font no smaller than the height of the word “Warning.” Additionally, chemicals contained in the product must be identified, and changes must be made to the language about product exposure.
In March, a California retailer (Urban Outfitters, Inc.) was cited for violating Proposition 65 for allegedly selling sunglasses containing Bisphenol A (BpA), a material used in the manufacture of polycarbonate lenses and on the Proposition 65 list of potentially harmful substances.

The Lab Division of The Vision Council has a copy of the new warning language requirements at www.p65warnings.ca.gov.

NAME CHANGE & NEW DEAL FOR DAC
Garland, TX-based DAC Technologies, formerly DAC Vision, is now the main distributor of National Optronics products in the U.S. The company also appointed Joe Ciochetto president. DAC’s Texas facility will provide customer service and warehousing of all National Optronics spare parts and consumables.

“For our customers in the lab and ECP markets, this will mean one-stop shopping convenience and consolidated shipments resulting in an enhanced customer experience,” Ciochetto said.

REVISED ANSI Z80.3 STANDARD
The Vision Council announced last month revisions to the ANSI Z80.3 nonprescription sunglasses and fashion eyewear requirements. The 2018 revision clarifies testing of photosensitive lenses to make requirements consistent with international standards. ANSI Z80.3 excludes products covered by ANSI Z87.1 (industrial safety eyewear), ANSI Z80.1 (corrective prescriptions) and those covered within the ASTM F08.57 committee (products that provide protection from specific sports).

PLASTIC PLUS OPENS NEW FACILITY
Plastic Plus held a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 24 to celebrate the opening of its new facility in Toronto.
According to Plastic Plus, the 30,000-square foot lab doubles its lens manufacturing and coating, which utilizes equipment from Schneider Optical Machines, Satisloh, MEI, A&R and OptoTech. The lab is also marking the opening by offering lab tours to industry partners. The first tour was held April 29 during the Ontario Opticians Association’s Inside Optics conference.

“We strive to provide the best lens technology possible,” said Paul Faibish, president of Plastic Plus. “This lab is not just for us, but for our clients who believe like we do that independent optical is important and deserves the best products and service.”

SOME OPTICAL PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO PROPOSED CHINA TARIFFS
The United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) published a list last month of imported products that it intends to subject to an additional 25% tariff if they originate from China. Included on the proposed list is optical lens grinding and polishing machinery, lens meters, retinal cameras, tonometers, slit lamp microscopes and others. A copy of the complete list can be found at bit.ly/2JgzWfL.

UPDATED LENS DESCRIPTION STANDARD
The Vision Council’s Lens Division and Lens Product Description Standard Committee (LPDS) announced last month Lens Description Standard changes, with additions to the standard in color and filters. The update to Lens Description Standard v. 2.2 includes the color violet, with a label of VIOn, and the High Energy Visible filter, with a label in HEV. Michael Vitale, senior technical director and Lens Division liaison, said the Lens Description Standard enables lab management software suppliers to select and process prescription lenses and “includes data describing the front surface geometry of non-spherical lenses to enable accurate control of lens thickness,” he added. “This standard replaces the many proprietary file formats used when supplying software vendors with lens specifications in electronic form.” For more information, contact Michael Vitale at The Vision Council at 703.548.2684 of MVitale@TheVisionCouncil.org.

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