The European Printing Ink Association

Guidelines for printing ink manufacturers on safe handling of UV and EB printing inks

UV and EB printing inks are intended to be cured after printing by exposure to UV or EB radiation. In order to fulfil their function, products of this type are based on reactive acrylates or other reactive chemicals which are often classified as skin and eye irritants. This guideline provides handling and use recommendations to protect workers’ health during ink manufacture.

Guidelines for the safe use of vertical post mixers

This document looks at fundamental requirements that must be in place to ensure that the risk to workers’ safety caused by running mixers and moving parts is minimised. Ass a general rule, all measures employed must comply with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and the corresponding national legislation as well as relevant technical standards.

Guidance note on electrostatic safety in the handling of flammable liquids

Flammable liquids, both raw materials and finished products, are frequently used in manufacturing sites. This guidance document highlights the main electrostatic hazards associated with handling of flammable liquids, together with sources of information to assist with safe handling to avoid fires through static ignition of flammable atmospheres.

Information note : Tattoo inks

This information note explains that ongoing regulatory actions concerning tattoo inks are not relevant for EuPIA members’ products.

Printing Inks and Related Products for the Manufacture of Toys

Printing inks and related products may be used in the production of children’s toys.  This statement explains how the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC and associated European standards apply to these materials.

Guideline for Printers on the Safe Use of Energy Curing Printing Inks and Varnishes

Energy curing technology is important in the production of all types of printing applications where their fast drying, durable and high gloss finish make them suitable for immediate use.  The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on the safe use of Ultraviolet (UV) and  Electron Beam (EB) inks and varnishes.

Guidelines for the Safe Use of Cellulose Nitrate Printing Inks & Related Products

Printing inks based on nitrocellulose (NC) are an often used solvent ink type in rotogravure and flexographic printing of packaging. In order to assist the printer to safely apply and use  the ink and related products that contain NC this document sets out some guiding rules for proper handling.