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Printing industry

This information is intended to help employers in the printing industry comply with the requirements of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), as amended, to control exposure to substances and protect workers' health.

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General

P0: Advice for managers

  • Advice for managers

    This information will help managers to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), as amended, to control exposure and protect workers' health. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

Lithographic

P1: Manual film and plate development

Manual film and plate developmentThis sheet describes good practice for manual film development and plate making. Consider using automatic processes to reduce the risk of skin exposure. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P2: Automated film and plate development

Automated film and plate developmentThis sheet describes good practice for automatic film and litho-plate development. Automatic processors help avoid skin contact. Use extraction for developer fumes. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P3: Ink mixing and cleaning up

Ink mixing and cleaning upThis sheet describes good practice for the mixing of conventional inks (vegetable/mineral oil-based), UV-curable inks, cold-set inks and heat-set inks, and cleaning the mixing equipment. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P4: Printing with conventional inks

Printing with conventional inksThis sheet provides good practice for litho printing processes using conventional inks with or without isopropanol (IPA) damping. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P5: Manual cleaning of presses (conventional inks)

Manual cleaning of presses (conventional inks)This sheet describes good practice for manual cleaning of presses using conventional inks, and blanket rejuvenation with cleaning chemicals such as solvent naphtha. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P6: Automated cleaning of presse (conventional inks)

Automated cleaning of presse (conventional inks)This sheet describes good practice for automatic cleaning of presses using conventional inks, with cleaning chemicals such as solvent naphtha. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P7: Printing with UV-curable inks and coatings

Printing with UV-curable inks and coatingsThis sheet describes good practice for printing with UV-curable inks where the ink-curing lamps generate ozone. Use extraction for any ozone produced. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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P8: Manual cleaning of presses (UV-curable inks and coatings)

Manual cleaning of presses (UV-curable inks and coatings)This sheet describes good practice for manual cleaning of offset presses using UV-curable inks, with cleaning chemicals such as solvent naphtha, high boiling point glycol ethers and water-based products. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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P9: Automated cleaning of presses (UV-curable inks and coatings)

Automated cleaning of presses (UV-curable inks and coatings)This sheet describes good practice for automatic cleaning of presses using UVcurable inks, with cleaning chemicals such as solvent naphtha, high boiling point glycol ethers and water-based products. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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P10: Printing with cold-set inks

Printing with cold-set inks This sheet describes good practice for litho printing using cold-set inks with or without isopropanol (IPA) damping. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P11: Manual cleaning of presses (cold-set inks)

Manual cleaning of presses (cold-set inks)Description It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P12: Automated cleaning of presses (cold-set inks)

Automated cleaning of presses (cold-set inks)Description It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P13: Printing with heat-set inks

Printing with heat-set inksThis sheet describes good practice for heat-set printing. Use extraction for solvent vapour. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P14: Manual cleaning of presses (heat-set inks)

Manual cleaning of presses (heat-set inks)This sheet describes good practice for manual cleaning of presses using heat-set inks, and blacket rejuvenation with cleaning chemicals such as solvent naphtha. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P15: Automated cleaning of presses (heat-set inks)

Automated cleaning of presses (heat-set inks)This sheet describes good practice for automatic cleaning of presses using heat-set inks, with cleaning chemicals such as solvent naphtha. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

Screen

P16: Using isocyanate-based adhesives in frame-making

Using isocyanate-based adhesives in frame-makingThis sheet describes good practice for using isocyanate-based adhesives in frame-making. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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P17: Stencil generation

Stencil generationThis sheet describes good practice for making screen printing stencils. Sheet P16 covers the task of attaching the screen to its frame. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P18: Ink mixing and colour matching

Ink mixing and colour matchingThis sheet provides good practice for ink mixing, thinning, retarding and colour matching. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P19: Printing with lower-volatility inks and rack drying

Printing with lower-volatility inks and rack dryingThis sheet provides good practice for using lower-volatility inks with a minimum boiling point above 150°C. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P20: Printing with higher-volatility inks and extracted rack drying

Printing with higher-volatility inks and extracted rack dryingThis sheet describes good practice for using higher-volatility inks with a minimum boiling point below 150°C, and for all longer print runs. Use extraction on the rack drier. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P21: High-volume printing with oven drying

High-volume printing with oven dryingThis sheet describes good practice for oven or tunnel drying of long print runs or large prints. Use extraction for solvent vapour. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

P22: Printing with UV-curable inks

Printing with UV-curable inksThis sheet provides good practice for using UV-curable inks and coatings. Use extraction for any ozone produced. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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P23: Printing with isocyanate-based inks

Printing with isocyanate-based inksThis sheet describes good practice for using isocyanate-based inks. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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P24: Manual screen reclamation

Manual screen reclamationThis sheet provides good practice for ink removal and screen reclamation in an extracted wash-out booth. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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P25: Automated screen reclamation

Automated screen reclamationThis sheet provides good practice for automated screen cleaning in an enclosed extracted washer. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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  • Gravure

    P26: Ink mixing

    Ink mixingThis sheet provides good practice for mixing and diluting solvent-borne inks in smaller-scale printing operations in an extracted booth. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

    P27: Printing

    PrintingThis sheet describes good practice for gravure printing on packaging. Use extraction for solvent vapour. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

    P28: On-press cleaning

    On-press cleaningThis sheet describes good practice for on-press cleaning of gravure presses. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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    P29: Manual off-press cleaning

    Manual off-press cleaningThis sheet describes good practice for off-press cleaning of cylinders, rollers, side panels, splash guards and other removable press components, in an extracted booth. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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    P30: Automated off-press cleaning

    Automated off-press cleaningThis sheet describes good practice for off-press cleaning of cylinders, rollers, side panels, splash guards and other removable press components, in an enclosed spray washer. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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    Flexographic

    P31: Making photopolymer plates

    Making photopolymer platesThis sheet describes good practice for developing and washing photopolymer plates and forms in an enclosed unit. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

    P32: Mixing solvent-borne inks

    Mixing solvent-borne inks This sheet describes good practice for mixing and diluting solvent-borne inks in smaller-scale printing operations in an extracted booth. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

    P33: Printing with solvent-borne inks

    Printing with solvent-borne inksDescription It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

    P34: Mixing UV-curable inks

    Mixing UV-curable inksThis sheet describes good practice for mixing UV-curable inks used in smaller-scale printing operations. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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    P35: Printing with UV-curable inks

    Printing with UV-curable inksThis sheet describes good practice for printing using UV-curable inks. Use extraction for any ozone produced. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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    P36: On-press cleaning

    On-press cleaningThis sheet describes good practice for on-press cleaning of presses. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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    P37: Manual off-press cleaning

    Manual off-press cleaningThis sheet describes good practice for off-press cleaning of cylinders, rollers, side panels, splash guards and other removable press components, in an extracted booth. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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    P38: Automated off-press cleaning

    Automated off-press cleaningThis sheet describes good practice for off-press cleaning of cylinders, rollers, side panels, splash guards and other removable press components, in an enclosed spray washer. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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    Digital

    P39: Wide-format printing with solvent-borne inks

    Wide-format printing with solvent-borne inksThis sheet describes good practice for digital (ink-jet) printing on machines up to 3.2 metres wide,using solvent-borne inks. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

    P40: Wide-format printing with UV-curable inks

    Wide-format printing with UV-curable inksThis sheet describes good practice for digital (ink-jet) printing on machines up to 3.2 metres wide,using UV-curable inks. Use extraction for any ozone produced. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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    P41: Grande-format printing

    Grande-format printingThis sheet describes good practice for digital (ink-jet) printing on machines more than 3.2 metres wide, using solvent-borne inks. Use extraction for solvent vapour. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

    Laminating

    P42: Mixing and transferring isocyanate-based adhesives

    Mixing and transferring isocyanate-based adhesivesThis sheet describes good practice formixing and transferring isocyanate-basedproducts.Enclose the mixing process. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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    P43: Using isocyanate-based adhesives

    Using isocyanate-based adhesivesThis sheet describes good practice forlaminating with isocyanate-basedproducts.Use extraction for isocyanateand solvent vapours. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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    P44: Drying and curing isocyanate-based adhesives

    Drying and curing isocyanate-based adhesivesThis sheet describes good practice for laminating with isocyanate-based products. Use extraction for isocyanate and solvent vapours. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

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    Supplementary

    P45: Health surveillance for occupational dermatitis

    Health surveillance for occupational dermatitisThis sheet describes what occupational dermatits is and why health surveillance is required. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

    P46: Health surveillance for occupational asthma

    Health surveillance for occupational asthmaThis sheet describes what occupational asthma is and why health surveillance is required. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

    P47: Biological monitoring for isocyanates

    Biological monitoring for isocyanatesThis sheet describes biological monitoring and why monitoring is required. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

    P48: Selection and use of RPE: Protection Factor 10

    Selection and use of RPE: Protection Factor 10The sheet covers how to select and use respiratory protective equipment (RPE) with a UK Assigned Protection Factor of 10. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

    P49: Selection and use of RPE: Protection Factor 20

    Selection and use of RPE: Protection Factor 20The sheet covers how to select and use respiratory protective equipment (RPE) with a UK Assigned Protection Factor of 20. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

    P50: Selection and use of RPE: Protection Factor 40

    Selection and use of RPE: Protection Factor 40The sheet covers how to select and use respiratory protective equipment (RPE) with a UK Assigned Protection Factor of 40. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure. It is important to follow all the points, or use equally effective measures.

    2020-09-16