The final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses prohibits employers from discouraging workers from reporting an injury or illness. The final rule requires employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation; clarifies the existing implicit requirement that an employer’ s procedure for reporting work related injuries and illnesses must be reasonable and not deter or discourage employees from reporting; and incorporates the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses. These provisions under §1904.35 become effective August 10, 2016.
The compliance date for this provision has been delayed until November 1, 2016.
Read more on the NAPIM Member Resources – Safety and Health page
On August 30, 2016, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released final amendments to the Proposition 65 warning regulations. Read how these changes affect ink manufacturers on the Prop 65 page of the NAPIM members website.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The European Chemical Safety Agency (ECHA) has amended the SVHC list with 5 additional substances:
- 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)
- Perfluorononan-1-oic-acid and its sodium and ammonium salts
Please contact the NAPIM office if you have any questions.
Following 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