COSHH and printers - key messages

Printing products like inks, lacquers, adhesives, cleaning solvents and others contain ingredients that are hazardous to health. You can breathe in vapours and mists. Products can get on your skin and cause skin problems or go through your skin and cause damage elsewhere. Problems can occur if exposure to hazardous substances is not controlled.

Preventing exposure to harmful substances usually means a combination of some of the following:

The controls you need depend on the printing process, the products used and the tasks undertaken. Visit the HSE printing web pages for more specific detailed information on the controls needed for a range of tasks carried out during common printing processes.
You can find more information on the COSSH essentials for printers web pages.