Ink manufacturers and suppliers look for ways to handle complex compliance issues.
David Savastano, Editor01.17.19
California’s Proposition 65 is usually one of the first topics when the subject of chemical regulations in the US comes up. Prop 65, or the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, its formal title, was approved by California voters in November 1986. Its stated goal, according to The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) website, is as follows:
“The proposition protects the state's drinking water sources from being contaminated with chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to such chemicals. Proposition 65 requires the state to maintain and update a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity."
OEHHA’s stated mission is to protect the health of Californians. This, of course, is a reasonable goal, and ink manufacturers have eliminated many ingredients from ink formulations over th
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