Guide

Printing business solvent use reduction and management

Introduction

Solvents are hazardous substances that pose a harmful risk to human health, the built environment and the natural environment. Many printing businesses are heavy users of solvents for a number of processes and in a range of materials, including inks, thinners, dampeners and cleaning agents.

Reducing solvent use can make it easier for your business to comply with legislation controlling solvent emissions. It can also reduce your costs, improve the health of people working at or visiting your site and improve your business' reputation with stakeholders such as customers, the local community and regulatory authorities.

This guide identifies where businesses in the printing industry can reduce solvent use. It looks at how you can improve your use of inks and cleaning materials, and reduce the use of solvents in both screen printing and litho printing.