The paperless cash register also has a significant advantage: by dispensing with the printing of cash register receipts, it is avoided that paper containing bisphenol-A is put into circulation. Although alternatives already exist, most receipts printed on thermal paper still contain this substance, which is suspected of being harmful to health. The Association for Consumer Information (VKI) has analysed around 340 receipts from shops of all kinds and found only 30 BPA-free receipts. Only the large supermarket chains are now largely dispensing with them. Bisphenol A is also contained in numerous food packages, and the chemical has been banned in baby bottles throughout the EU since January 2011. But it is not until January 2020 that thermal paper containing BPA can no longer be used. This regulation is intended above all to protect cashiers who come into contact with the chemical on a daily basis.
(Source: Wiener Zeitung of 30.5.2017)