George Fuchs, Director Regulatory Affairs and Technology, NAPIM05.20.19
Printing inks are formulated from a very wide array of organic and inorganic chemical compounds. Although generally a mixing and blending type industry, it is a subset of the larger chemical manufacturing sector.
Beginning in the late 1960s (some Federal regulations predate this by decades) and continuing through today, the chemical manufacturing sector has evolved into one of the most regulated areas of all commercial activity in the US. Printing ink companies understood, early on, their environmental, health and safety (EHS) stewardship responsibilities in this regard and have developed their compliance and stewardship functions as a key component of their operations.
The following is a high-level, non-inclusive review of environmental, health and safety compliance considerations for US-based ink manufacturers.
A US-Centric Perspective
EHS compliance considerations for ink manufacturers generally focus on two areas:
• Usage (pr
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