Photoengraving and lithographic processes

Photoengraving and lithography often involves using corrosive fluids such as nitric acids, and it is important that appropriate training and safety equipment is provided for anyone working with these materials.

We have produced guidance for those involved in photoengraving and lithographic processing.

Code of practice for safety in photoengraving and lithographic processes

This approved code of practice covers the handling of acids and organic solvents, machines with condensing systems, etching magnesium and zinc plates, washing photopolymer plates and lithographic etching using corrosive fluids.

ACOP: Photoengraving and Lithographic Processes (PDF 218 KB)

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.

Compliance certification requirements

Depending on the type and quantity of chemicals held at your site, you may require one or more of the following compliance certificates:

If you are unsure about your compliance certification requirements, contact a compliance certifier for advice.

Find a compliance certifier(external link)

As a general rule, you should keep the quantities of hazardous substances stored on your site to a minimum. In this way the risks may be reduced and the need for compliance certification reduced.