Attention business owners of restaurant and retail establishments with point of sale systems. New York Suffolk County has banned the use of receipt paper with Bisphenol-A (BPA).
According to the Safer Sales Slip Act, the name of the legislation banning the BPA, these harmful chemicals can potentially cause serious health problems and should not be used in cash registers and point of sale systems. BPA can be absorbed through hand to mouth contact when handling point of sale system paper receipts.
BPA, or Bisphenol-A, is an endocrine disruptor, or a substance that acts like the hormones of the endocrine system and disrupts their normal function. Other endocrine disruptors include DDT, PCB, and phthalates.
Businesses in Suffolk County, Long Island NY are not expected to be fined until late 2014, but it is advised to switch to BPA free thermal POS paper.