Author Archives: George Fuchs

2017 Weather Events – Impacts on the Oil and Gas Industry

The printing ink industry relies strongly on the oil and gas industry and recent  weather events have the  potential to have an  impact on supply and availability of many of the petroleum hydrocarbon-based raw materials.   This report September 6, … Continue reading

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OSHA Removes Volks Rule from CFR

May 3, 2017 –  OSHA revoked the Volks Rule,” which would have amended the recordkeeping regulations in 29 C.F.R. Part 1904 – Read more in the OSHA Reporting section of the NAPIM Members area.

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NAPIM Food Packaging Committee Comments on Cal Lead(Pb) Proposed Rule

State of California – Health and Safety Code (HSC) §110552 Petition Requesting Adoption of Regulations Setting a “Naturally Occurring” Lead Level in Candy Containing Chili and Tamarind.   This proposal seeks to implement a 0.1 ppm lead (Pb) limit in food … Continue reading

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OSHA Proposes Date for eReporting Requirement

On  June  27,  2017 OSHA  proposed a delay in this electronic reporting compliance date from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017. The proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule.   For  more  information … Continue reading

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Titanium Dioxide – Supply and Health Update

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a commonly used white  pigment used  in  a  wide variety of inks, coatings and paints among many other food, pharma and other commercial  applications.   In the last few years consumers of TiO2 have seen significant tumult … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Decides Ink Cartridge Refilling Case

May 30, 2017 –  The US Supreme Court issued a decision this date Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc.,  A case involving refilling and reselling ink/toner cartridges.  In the Court’s decision it was held that when the  holder of a … Continue reading

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Safety for Ink Manufacturing Equipment

Safe design and operation of three roll mills and  vertical post  mixers are critically important issues for all ink manufacturers.   Visit these pages on the NAPIM Members  Resources website for more information.  Three Roll Mills;  Vertical  Post Mixers.

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OSHA eReporting July 1, 2017 Deadline to be Delayed

The Occupational Safety and  Health Administration has indicated that the upcoming eReporting for occupational illnesses/injuries may be  extended.   Read more in the OSHA Compliance page on the NAPIM Member Resources website.

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New EPA Administrator Confirmed

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed as EPA Administrator with a Senate vote of 52 to 46 last Friday, February 17, 2017.   U.S. Senate Committee Environment and  Public Works Press Release.

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NPIRI Bleaching White – Now Available

The spectrophotometrically controlled NPIRI Bleach White – X-1025 IT10 NPIRI Universal Bleaching White (containing by weight 60% zinc oxide and approximately 40% of hydrogenated methyl rosinate) specified in  ASTM D2066 -07(2012)  is available from Colorcon, No-Tox® Products 171 New Britain Boulevard … Continue reading

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