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About California Prop 65

California Proposition 65 is a law that is intended to protect citizens of California from chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm, and to inform citizens about exposures to such chemicals (Source: http://www.oehha.ca.gov/prop65.html). Proposition 65 is focused on the content of regulated products sold in California. Whether or not a product contains a listed chemical has no bearing on the safety of the product when used properly.

Proposition 65 requires businesses to clearly label products that may contain chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. The list contains a wide range of almost 1,000 naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals. As of August 30, the required warnings under California Proposition 65 will change to incorporate additional information. Product produced and packaged prior to this date is not required to reflect this new warning.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does this impact OLFA products?
  • Are OLFA products safe?
  • What do OLFA distribution customers need to do?
  • What about touching the products? Can the chemicals transfer into my skin (leech) by touching or holding the mat?
  • I make blankets for babies/kids/sick people/veterans. Will using the mats make the fabric unsafe?
  • Other companies have the same warning. Do OLFA mats have more or less of the chemicals than the other brands?
  • What are you doing about the chemicals? Can you remove the chemicals (-or-) are you planning to use different materials in the future?
  • Which SKUs are impacted?

Answers:

Q: How does this impact OLFA Products?

A: This change will impact some OLFA Self-Healing Cutting Mats, Rotating Cutting Mats, Folding Cutting Mats, 18mm Heavy-Duty Cutters, 25mm Extra Heavy-Duty Cutters, Craft Knives, and Rotary Cutters, which may contain chemicals included in the California Proposition 65 chemical list.

Beginning August 8, 2018, all of the OLFA products listed above shipping from the California regional distribution center are labeled with one of the required caution statements. The warning label is only required in California, not in any other states.

  • DEHP – WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Di(2-Ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
  • LEAD – WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
  • NICKEL – WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including nickel, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
  • CHROMIUM-HEXAVALENT – WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including chromium-hexavalent, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

Q: Are OLFA products safe?

A: Under California’s Prop 65, we are obligated to inform the consumer of the presence of even trace amounts of chemicals that they have identified as being harmful. When used properly, OLFA products pose no significant risk.

Many cutting mats and tools on the market already contain this warning. However, whether or not a product contains a listed chemical has no bearing on the safety of the product when used properly.

  • The correct usage of a cutting mat is placed on a flat, non-heated, stable surface when cutting fabric, paper or other materials. The cutting mat is meant to protect your work surface from being damaged or cut, and also helps to extend the life of your blade.
  • The correct usage of rotary cutting tools is to apply gentle even pressure to the rotary cutter handle as you roll forward, away from your body, using a ruler as your guide. Always place a protective covering on work surfaces before cutting.
  • The correct usage for cutters is to handle with care and wear safety gloves and goggles.

Anticipated additional consumer questions and suggested responses:

Q: What about touching the products? Can the chemicals transfer into my skin (leech) by touching or holding the mat?

A: When used properly and in an intended manner, OLFA products pose no significant risk.

Q: I make blankets for babies/kids/sick people/veterans. Will using the mats make the fabric unsafe?

A: Fabrics or other materials cut on the mat will not be impacted.

Q: Other companies have the same warning. Do the OLFA mats have more or less of the chemicals than the other brands?

A: We can’t directly comment on our competitors.

Q: What are you doing about the chemicals? Can you remove the chemicals (-or-) are you planning to use different materials in the future?

A: Under California’s Prop 65, we are obligated to inform the consumer of the presence of even trace amounts of chemicals that have been identified as being harmful. When used properly, OLFA products pose no significant risk.

Many cutting mats and tools on the market already contain this warning. However, whether or not a product contains a listed chemical has no bearing on the safety of the product when used properly.

Q: Which SKUs are impacted?

SKU # Item # Warning
45-C 1069991 Lead
AK-1/5B 9153US Lead
AK-1/5BR 1124195 Lead
AK-4 9164 Lead
AK-5 1118073 Lead
CL 9021US Lead
CMP-1  9911 9911 Chromium-Hexavalent
CMP-2 9902US Lead
CMP-3 1057028 Lead
GSR-2 1132730 / 1141513 Nickel
H-1 5006 DEHP
L-2 5004 Nickel
L-5 1116110 Nickel
LA-X 1072198 Nickel
MXP-AL 1135530 Lead
MXP-L 1135529 Lead
NCM-L 9832 DEHP
OL 5011US Lead
OLO-CACT J201B Nickel
PL-1 5021US Lead
RM-12S 1066792 DEHP
RM-17S 1074941 DEHP
RM-6×8 9952 DEHP
RM-CG 9880US DEHP
RM-CG AQA 1132644 DEHP
RM-CGPIK 1132643 DEHP
RM-CLIPS/2 9893 DEHP
RM-CLIPS/3 9894 DEHP
RM-MG 9891 DEHP
RM-SG 9881 DEHP
RTY-2/DX 9654US DEHP
RTY-2/NS 1079060 DEHP
RTY-2/RE 9670US DEHP
RTY-3/DX 9655US DEHP
SK-9 1086095 Nickel
TCM-L 9862 DEHP
XL-2 9042 DEHP
XSR-200 1119195 DEHP
XSR-300 1119196 DEHP
XSR-600 1119197 DEHP