With increasingly better testing methods, chemicals are being analyzed in minute levels for impacts on consumers and employees.
David Savastano, Editor01.16.19
With the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program and the new US’s Toxic Substances Control Act Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (TSCA LCSA), which was signed into law in 2016, the oversight of chemicals has been on the minds of government.
As a result, there is a lot more research being conducted on occupational safety and health hazards, resulting in more materials being put on various exclusion lists (photoinitiator 369 is one example of this). For ink manufacturers and their suppliers, managing key raw materials, as well as how they impact consumers and employees, is an ongoing challenge.
George Fuchs, director, regulatory affairs and technology for the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM), said that the increased and intense scrutiny of the potential health and environmental effects of very low-level exposures is and will continue to have a significant influence on how printing ink is formulated.
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