German Ink Ordinance Notified – July 2016

On July 5, 2016 Germany notified the European Commission (EC) of the Twenty-First Regulation amending the Consumer Goods Regulation, affecting inks for printing food contact materials (FCMs). The draft regulation generally applies to printed FCMs and articles such as packaging, napkins, cardboard cups, and paper plates.

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TSCA Reform Legislation Passes

The Senate passed HR 2576 (TSCA Reform Bill) via voice vote.  Please note that Senator Udall specifically thanked the American Alliance for Innovation (AAI),  the lobbying group of which  NAPIM has been a member since 2008, in his closing remarks for its contributions in crafting this bill.   It is also important to note that President  Obama has previously signaled his support of this  legislation.   We will  continue to track  this  bill as it proceeds.   

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California Prop 65 bis Phenol A

On March 17, 2016 California Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish a maximum allowwable daily limit for dermal exposures to BPA.  OEHHA also published an emergency action allowing for the use of point of sale warnings for BPA exposures from canned and bottled food or beverages.

For more information visit the Prop 65 page on the NAPIM Members website.


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Chemical migration


Chemical migration from plastic containers –Danish consumer council tests plastic lunch boxes and food containers; no chemicals of concern detected; some containers showed considerable overall chemical migration into warm fatty foods


Chemical migration from bottles –Danish consumer council tests drinking bottles made of plastic, metal, and glass; almost no chemicals of concern detected; 1 metal bottle released small amounts of aluminum, 1 plastic bottle showed small overall chemical migration into sour liquids

Read more in the NAPIM Members Food Packaging Safety page


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January 2016 OSHA Compliance Webinar and 2014 Ink Industry Illness/Injury Statisics

Available now on  the  NAPIM  Members Resources website:

January 19, 2016 OSHA Update Webinar  This page also includes NAPIM compliance webinars for the last three years

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has recently published the illness/injury statistics for the printing ink industry (NAICS 325190) for 2014 (most recent available).  This page also included a 10+ year history of illness/injury statistics with a comparison to paint and general manufacturing:

Please contact the NAPIM office (770-209-7289) if you  have any questions.

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FDA Bans 3 Food Contact Substances

January 2016 – The Food and Drug Administration  is amending the food additive regulations to no longer provide for the use of three specific perfluoroalkyl ethyl containing food-contact substances (FCSs) as oil and water repellants for paper and paperboard for use in contact with aqueous and fatty foods.   A listing of these substances and the Final Rule is provided in the Food Packaging area of the NAPIM Resources website.  

If you have any questions please contact George Fuchs or Ben Hopper at the NAPIM office.

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ECHA Adds 5 Substances to the List of SVHC – December 2015

The European Chemical Safety Agency (ECHA) has amended the SVHC list with 5  additional substances:

  • Nitrobenzene
  • 2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-(5-chlorobenzotriazol-2-yl)phenol (UV-327
  • 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(tert-butyl)-6-(sec-butyl)phenol (UV-350)
  • 1,3-propanesultone
  • Perfluorononan-1-oic-acid and its sodium and ammonium salts

Please contact the NAPIM office if you have any questions.

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OSHA Issues Hazard Communication Standard Compliance Instruction

GHSaFollowing up on OSHA’s integration  of the Globally Harmonized System into the Hazard Communication  Standard OSHA has recently issued compliance enforcement guidance to be used in field compliance inspections.   Visit the NAPIM Member’s GHS page in the NAPIM members’ area for more information

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2015 CPIPC Golf Outing – June 17th

cpipclogo12015 Chicago Printing Ink Production Club – Golf Outing – June 17th

Boone Links Golf Club



A quick Agenda for events starting next Tuesday Night:

Tuesday June 16th 6 PM

This event will offer complimentary beverages and appetizers.  All employees to all companies working within, and servicing the ink industry are welcome.
Additional full menu options can be made available for a separate charge.

CPIPC Social Hour at the Filling Station
300 W Main St
St Charles, IL 60174

Registration Form

Wednesday June 17th

Golf Outing:

  • Registrations Opens 8 AM;
  • Cont. Breakfast, Coffee and warm up driving range balls are all complimentary.
  • Shotgun Start 9:30 AM
  • Lunch Served at the half way house.

Course contests include long drive and putt contest.

Dinner will begin after all golfers are off the course and have a brief break.

  • showers and changing rooms are available in between golf and dinner
  • We have a great raffle as well as a 50/50 cash raffle as always
  • Buffet Dinner typically starts between 4- 4:45 PM
  • Dinner is concluded with our awards and announcements

Again, thanks for your support and participation.  We look forward to seeing everyone next week.
John Jilek Jr
VP Sales & Marketing

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April 2015 Printing Ink Market and Import/Export Data

April 2market015 polymer substrate market data, NAPIM quarterly sales information and printing ink import and export data is now available in the members area of the NAPIM Member Resources website.

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