GSE’s warning software for packaging inks

GSE Dispensing introduces a software module for tracing and labelling hazardous chemicals in ink ingredients of spot colours - promoting a safer working environment for label and packaging converters.

12 Dec 2022 | By Abhay Avadhani

Hazard symbol printing software ensures appropriate warning labels are printed for any dispensed colour blends with hazardous ingredients

Headquartered in the Netherlands, GSE Hazard symbol printing software solves the problem of tracing and communicating the occasional presence of hazardous chemicals in special brand colours. These colours are made by blending base components of inks, varnishes and additives together. 

When a base component contains hazardous chemicals, these are labelled on the supplier’s packaging. However, this information can be lost when the components are dispensed for new formulations, or returned from the press for reuse. GSE’s hazard symbol printing allows the user to assign up to five symbols - denoting physical, health and environmental risks - to base components listed in the user’s inventory database. 

The software ensures that the assigned symbols are printed on the label for any dispensed ink mixture containing affected base components. No duplicate entry is needed throughout the life of the ink. The hazard warning information remains automatically logged with any return ink batch, when booked back into stock after a production run. 

The hazard information is also transferred to new colour blends that the returned batch is used for. 

Maarten Hummelen, marketing director, GSE, commented, “It’s understandable that businesses are committing to make the workplace safer for their people. Consumers rightly expect brands and their suppliers to behave ethically and responsibly – and it’s proven that creating a culture of health improves morale and performance.” 

In package printing, a standardised protocol for handling potentially hazardous materials is essential for a safer work environment. He added, “With GSE Hazard symbol printing software, we offer our customers an automated and reliable solution for safely working with hazardous inks.” 

GSE Hazard symbol printing is ideal for flexo, gravure and screen printing processes.  It is also compatible with the latest version of GSE’s Ink manager software. Symbols that may be printed are defined in the guidance document to support implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). 

GSE has adopted the ETI Base Code of labour practice, which is based on the standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). It offers the potential for reducing exposure to occupational risk factors and provides greater reassurance of compliance with ILO safety codes of practice. 

With 45 years of experience, GSE has an installed base of more than 2000 automatic dispensers and software packages at factories in 90 countries. 


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