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HCS 2012 (GHS) is in Full Effect – Are you Prepared?

 

Presentation1The GHS regulations are now in full effect – how are you impacted?  Here’s an article from Steve Kahane, International Coatings’ President, recently published in the September/October ’17 SGIA Journal:

You may not readily recognize its name, but the 2012 Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012) is a regulation that has a profound day-to-day impact on your business and businesses worldwide.  It touches everyone, not just chemical manufacturers. After a multi-year phase in, HCS 2012 requires compliance with strict new Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and label requirements, and broadens the definitions of manufacturers and products that fall under its purview.

HCS 2012 significantly modifies previous chemical hazard communication requirements, most notably Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS).  Communications must now conform to the United Nations’ (UN) Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  HCS 2012 is more detailed and encompassing in its hazard evaluation and labeling of chemicals than previous OSHA and MSDS requirements, and is designed to harmonize our safety and labeling communication processes with international standards (making it easier for importers and exporters).

Here are the three major elements of the Hazard Communication Standard that you need to be familiar with:

  1. Hazard classifications: HCS 2012 provides specific hazard definitions and criteria for hazard classification.  These go well beyond those used previously.  They are designed to ensure that hazard evaluations are consistent across manufacturers, and that labels and safety data sheets are more accurate as a result.
  2. Labels: Labels must now include new additional information – a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided. It’s not just the end products that need to be labeled and tracked.  Product intermediates (in-house color mixes, additive premixes…) may need to be labeled and tracked as well.
  3. Safety Data Sheets (SDS): Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) have been replaced with a new SDS format that follows a specified 16-section format.

If you’re just engaging with HCS 2012, here’s what you should be doing now:

  • Understand the law.  SGIA is an excellent resource for HCS 2012 and its application to the print industry.  Start at https://www.sgia.org/government-watch/safety-and-health. You can find additional information on OSHA’s web site, https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/ghs.html.
  • Be sure all of your safety information is up to date, you have current and compliant SDS’ from all of your suppliers, and you in turn are providing compliant information to your employees and customers.
  • Familiarize yourself with the information on the new labels.  Not only do the labels contain much more information, some of that information is new and different from what was previously provided.  In particular, the new hazard ‘pictograms’ and hazard classification system are very different from the old HMIS system.
  • If you are a distributor or reseller, there are now certain new requirements and obligations with which you will need to comply. For example, if you repackage, blend or mix inks (or any other chemicals), HCS 2012 considers you a manufacturer.  That in turn requires you to generate SDS and labeling for any products from the original manufacturers that you’ve opened and handled.
  • If you are an exporter, be sure to confirm that your hazard classifications and labeling conform to the requirements of countries importing your products.  While the law is intended to ‘harmonize’ with other global standards, HCS 2012 may not follow that same hazard classification system protocols as those in other countries.

HCS 2012 may seem overwhelming, but help is available.  Your suppliers are usually excellent sources of technical support.   Take advantage of SGIA’s regulatory expertise on HCS 2012 and other regulatory issues affecting the print community – Marci Kinter, marcik@sgia.org, or Allison Lundy, Allison@sgia.org.  And finally, feel free to direct questions to the SGIA Ink and Chemicals Committee (representing the print supplier community) through Joyia Marshall at SGIA, jmarshall@sgia.org.

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November 21, 2017 at 5:36 am 1 comment

OPTILUX™ A Revolution In Reflectives

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Optilux® Ultra Reflective Ink

International Coatings offers a full line of Optilux® Ultra Reflective inks, transfers, and adhesives. Together with Viz Reflectives, International Coatings has developed Optilux® 505 and 507 Enhanced Reflectives, the most powerful and brightest reflective ink system on the market. Optilux® 505 and 507 can be printed through fine meshes so printers realize substantially improved yields, and fine detail and definition. The Optilux® 950 transfer system is not only exceptionally bright but offers a remarkably soft hand and outstanding detail and definition. Both Optilux® 505 & 507 Plastisol and 950 Transfers can be printed on a wide variety of substrates.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of Centris™ non-Phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whitesspecialty inksspecial effects inks,color matching systemsadditives and reducers.  In addition, International Coatings also manufactures a line of AXEON™ non-Phthalate, non-PVC special effects inks. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

November 3, 2017 at 1:51 pm 1 comment

Special Effects Inks Based on Skill Level

Special Effects Inks (Printwear)

In a recent article published by Printwear Magazine, Kieth Stevens explains the use  of special effect inks based on one’s level of printing expertise.


Let’s talk about the different inks available for special effects. For the beginner, puff or suede inks can add a simple wow to an image. I also like to use a glow-in-the-dark ink, as it is one of the simplest inks to work with and it is very easy to use.

For the intermediate printer, try glitter or shimmer inks. Glitter prints come out best when you build up a thicker emulsion layer on the shirt side of the lowest mesh count screen required to pass the glitter. This allows the glitter ink to flow beneath the threads of the mesh and fill in the voids. Otherwise, it will look like a checkerboard. Also, try light-reflective inks. They are on the costly side but lend a cool effect when correctly used. Try it in an outline of a design for that extra something.

For the more advanced printer, try high-density inks or color-changing inks called photo chromatic inks. With high-density effects, make sure you use a high-quality ink. One thing that I frequently see when I’m working with customers who use a low quality, high-density ink is that the ink will start liquefying on-press. What I mean is, the ink starts out good and creamy but will drop in thickness as the print runs continuously; usually after about 100 prints or so. This is more noticeable on long runs and automatics.

Usually, a quality high-density ink starts out almost too thick, but as it is stirred, it becomes just printable. After a few print strokes, it should come out just right. Don’t try to save money on a project by using inferior inks. The money that is saved by the less expensive ink will surely cost more in the long run due to delays in the job from all the downtime trying to get the ink to work well.

October 17, 2017 at 11:43 am 1 comment

What do I need to know about printing on athleisure garments?

7100Performance4This was a question posed by a Printwear Magazine reader, and here is Kieth Stevens’ response:

  1. Plastisol inks are usually stretchy by nature, but adding a little bit of stretch additive can greatly improve its stretch-ability. This is especially true for performance and athletic fabrics, which often contain a high percentage of Lycra. Adding excessive amounts of a stretch additive, however, could reduce the opacity of the ink, so it is important to only add about one to five percent.
  2. There are new inks on the market, such as performance inks, which have been specifically formulated for these next-generation performance fabrics. These inks have great stretch-ability and allow for lower curing temperatures (275 degrees F). The ability to cure at lower temperatures helps to control any potential dye migration issues. [Check out International Coatings’ 7100 Performance Pro™ Ink)

Some of these materials and material colors may require you to print an underbase for your athletic graphics. When printing vibrant colors on black or dark garments it is often necessary to print a white under-base first. This is due to the fact that many plastisol inks do not have the opacity to cover well on dark garments. White is printed first to provide a base for the colored ink to rest on. The under-base is flash cured before the remaining colors are printed.

It’s kind of like using a primer before adding the new color to your kitchen walls. The primer seals the surface which makes it nicer to paint on. Just as important as the ink itself, you also have to select the right screen.

Kieth Stevens is the Western regional sales manager for International Coatings. He has been screen printing for over 37 years, teaching screen printing for more than 10 years and is a regular contributor to International Coatings’ blogs. Kieth is also the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Golden Image Award Gold Winner, which is given out by SGIA (the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of Centris™ non-Phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whitesspecialty inksspecial effects inks,color matching systemsadditives and reducers.  In addition, International Coatings also manufactures a line of AXEON™ non-Phthalate, non-PVC special effects inks. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

October 10, 2017 at 5:41 am 1 comment

October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BCAM7Part of an annual campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer risks, October is the designated month to remind us of the value of screening and early detection for breast and other forms of cancer.

Check out International Coatings’ 7637 Pink, part of our 7600 Series for your prints.

 

October 3, 2017 at 10:53 am 1 comment

Do I have to toss out my ink if it gets too thick?

Printwear Q (Ink viscosity)

This was a question posed by a Printwear reader, and this was Kieth Stevens’ response:

In most cases, it depends on why the ink has thickened. If the ink has thickened due to excessive heat, then yes, it may be unusable because the ink has already partially fused or cured.

If the ink has just gotten thicker with time, then curable reducer can be used to help save the ink. Note of caution: Use it sparingly! Too much reducer harms the opacity of the ink.

International Coatings carries the 1110 Curable Reducer as well as the 1099 Curable Low-Bleed Reducer.

Kieth Stevens is the Western regional sales manager for International Coatings. He has been screen printing for over 37 years, teaching screen printing for more than 10 years and is a regular contributor to International Coatings’ blogs. Kieth is also the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Golden Image Award Gold Winner, which is given out by SGIA (the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of Centris™ non-Phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whitesspecialty inksspecial effects inks,color matching systemsadditives and reducers.  In addition, International Coatings also manufactures a line of AXEON™ non-Phthalate, non-PVC special effects inks. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

 

September 25, 2017 at 2:43 pm 1 comment

Our Most Popular Black? 717 Ultimate Black™

717Blk

717 Ultimate Black™ is our popular non-phthalate, high pigment, fast flashing, low tack, high performance plastisol screen printing ink. The ink is deep black in color, creamy, short-bodied and is easy to print on automatic or manual presses. 717 Ultimate Black™ also achieves excellent penetration into fabrics when printed through fine mesh counts.

Here is the product bulletin for 717 Ultimate Black’s Product Bulletin.

Try 717 Ultimate Black™ today!

September 15, 2017 at 5:15 pm 1 comment

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