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Old 05-16-2019, 01:51 PM   #1
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Anyone else hesitate to use products that have these warnings?

CALIFORNIA PROP 65 – American Crafts

I've read a bit and I'm still not clear if there is a danger from handling them (obviously I would not hold any in my mouth I just bought the cutest paper and chipboard set to make my new nephew a baby book, and the chipboard came with that warning and now I really hesitate!
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Short answer: no, I would not hesitate to use these products.

The California regulation is an err-on-the-side-of-caution type of thing. The portion of the information that you linked to that is telling (at least to me) was, "assuming daily exposure for a lifetime". I'm guessing that it's going to take a lot more exposure than we would get from cutting up paper to cause us any kind of problem. Yes, that's over-simplifying but you take my point, right?

I think that, as with most things like this, common sense and personal preference come into play. If you're nervous, stay away. If you aren't, plow ahead. I've played with considerably more hazardous materials and tools than those American Crafts puts out, as have many of us, I'm sure.
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Short answer: no, I would not hesitate to use these products.

The California regulation is an err-on-the-side-of-caution type of thing. The portion of the information that you linked to that is telling (at least to me) was, "assuming daily exposure for a lifetime". I'm guessing that it's going to take a lot more exposure than we would get from cutting up paper to cause us any kind of problem. Yes, that's over-simplifying but you take my point, right?

I think that, as with most things like this, common sense and personal preference come into play. If you're nervous, stay away. If you aren't, plow ahead. I've played with considerably more hazardous materials and tools than those American Crafts puts out, as have many of us, I'm sure.

yeah, I think I tend to agree with you, thank you! I might be overthinking a wee bit because it's about a baby
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The thing with the California warning (as I understand it) is that there are big fines to companies that don't post the warning if they should. So companies have gone the other direction and posted that warning on anything that might, maybe, possibly require it. Because they won't be fined if they post it on an item that doesn't contain those chemicals, but they could be fined if they don't post it on something that does.
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The thing with the California warning (as I understand it) is that there are big fines to companies that don't post the warning if they should. So companies have gone the other direction and posted that warning on anything that might, maybe, possibly require it. Because they won't be fined if they post it on an item that doesn't contain those chemicals, but they could be fined if they don't post it on something that does.

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The thing with the California warning (as I understand it) is that there are big fines to companies that don't post the warning if they should. So companies have gone the other direction and posted that warning on anything that might, maybe, possibly require it. Because they won't be fined if they post it on an item that doesn't contain those chemicals, but they could be fined if they don't post it on something that does.


Yep. Sometimes they're posted in the windows of restaurants too!
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