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GAC - Alliance Annual Report - September 30, 2003

Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
Printing Industry

  1. Alliance Background

    Signed: June 18 and July 10, 2002


    The Printing Industry Alliance, with four trade associations in the printing industry, focuses on ergonomics, with major emphasis on guidelines under development by the participating trade associations. The associations are:

    • Printing Industries of America, Inc./Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GAFT)
    • Screenprinting & Graphic Imaging Association International (SGIA)
    • Flexographic Technical Association (FTA)
    • Envelope Manufacturers Association (EMA)

    Alliance goals include developing and delivering training on ergonomics and also on developing and disseminating information at conferences, events, and print and electronic media. Other goals include promoting the effectiveness of ergonomic programs, cross-training OSHA and industry personnel on ergonomic best practices in the industry, and promoting OSHA's cooperative programs within the industry. The Alliance also focuses on promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health by encouraging member companies and worksites to act as industry liaisons for OSHA and to share solutions and data.


    Implementation Team Members

    Maynard Benjamin EMA
    Ben Cooper PIA
    Gary Jones GAFT
    Marcia Kinter SGIA
    Danielle Waterfield SGIA
    Wendy Lechner PIA
    Doreen Monteleone FTA
    Kim Moses EMA
    Tonya Muse EMA
    Travis Hannan Contractor for OSHA-Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
    Nilgun Tolek Coordinator, OSHA
    Lynda Boulos Contractor for SLTC, OSHA
    Brett Besser SLTC, OSHA
    Chris Canfield Contractor for SLTC, OSHA

    Evaluation Period.

    This report covers the period from June 18, 2002 through June 30, 2003.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings

    July 1, 2002 In-person kick-off meeting
    September 4, 2002 In-person meeting for Orientation to Cooperative Programs, a presentation by Paula White, Director, Cooperative and State Programs, followed by discussion with the implementation team
    November 12, 2002 Conference call
    January 22, 2003 Conference call
    February 6, 2003 Conference call
    May 13, 2003 Combination in-person/conference call

  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    Specific activities have not yet been planned to meet the training and education goal of the Alliance. This goal will be addressed by the implementation team after the industry-produced guidelines are completed.

    Outreach and Communication


    OSHA and the Alliance participants have participated in several conferences:

    • On September 25, 2002, Jim Kyger, Director, Federal Employment Compliance Assistance, Printing Industries of America, Inc. addressed the OSHA Compliance Assistance Conference about his association's experience in collaborating with OSHA in an Alliance with three other printing associations.
    • EMA Conference, October 18-20th, 2002, in San Francisco, California, where Christopher Lee, Deputy Regional Administrator of Region IX, OSHA, addressed the EMA Education and Training Committee on the Alliance and OSHA's four-pronged approach to ergonomics.
    • On January 8, 2003, Gary Jones, Manager Environmental, Health, and Safety Affairs for Graphic Arts Technical Foundation/Printing Industries of America, gave a presentation at the Newspaper Association of America's Annual Technical Committee Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The presentation focused on current and future OSHA activities affecting newspapers. Among the topics covered was a review of the OSHA-Printing Industry Alliance on ergonomics.
    • On January 24, 2003, Paula White, Director of Cooperative and State Programs, addressed the SGIA Safety and Health Committee in Fairfax, Virginia, about the Alliance and encouraging participation in OSHA's recognition programs.
    • NEHS Conference, March 23rd-25th, 2003, in Louisville, Kentucky.
      • John Henshaw, Assistant Secretary, OSHA was the keynote speaker.
      • Jennifer Kim, Office of Partnerships and Recognition, OSHA spoke on the VPP.
      • Jim Washam, Machine Guarding Coordinator, Cincinnati Area Office, OSHA was a panelist in "Meet Your Inspector."
      • OSHA had a table-top display and distributed targeted CDs.
    • Info*Flex, May 4-7, 2003, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the OSHA tabletop exhibit was provided and staffed by OSHA's Region VIII.
    • On May 6, 2003, Lisa Ramber, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, participated in a panel on ergonomics at the Web Offset Association's 51st Annual Management and Technical Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The purpose of the panel was to expose printers and equipment manufacturers to the importance of the industry's approach to solving ergonomic injuries. The Alliance between the PIA and OSHA was highlighted, as well as the pro-active approaches the industry has been taking to develop guidelines for solving ergonomic problems.


    • Redesign and revision of the contents of the Printing Industry Safety and Health Topics page (ongoing).

    Promoting the National Dialog on Workplace Safety and Health

    • At the kick-off meeting, PIA, SGIA, FTA, and EMA asked for a briefing on OSHA's cooperative programs so that they could most effectively act as industry liaisons and resources. That briefing, held in September 2002, was so successful in identifying and beginning to address issues of mutual concern that the Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs has instituted a quarterly briefing for all interested Alliance participants.
    • PIA, SGIA, FTA, and EMA leaders have taken their role as liaisons very seriously, spending hours talking to others, both in and outside of the industry, about the benefits of working cooperatively with the Agency. They have generated interest among several other groups in forming OSHA Alliances, such as landscapers and the gravure association.


    • "Using OSHA Programs Can Help You Improve Safety and Save Money," Management Portfolio (PIA-GAFT newsletter), October, 2003.
    • "A Safe Beginning: How One Narrow Web Facility Established a Safety and Environmental Program," FLEXO, February, 2003.
  4. Results

    The numerous presentations made by OSHA representatives during the first year of the Alliance have resulted in a growing awareness within the printing industry of the new OSHA. For example, when Assistant Secretary Henshaw spoke at the National Environmental, Health, and Safety (NEHS) Conference in March of 2003, attendees remarked that Mr. Henshaw must really care about the industry to take the time to travel to and address "such a small conference." Moreover, they were impressed by his sincerity and commitment to changing the Agency. This reportedly made the Alliance real to members of the associations participating in the Alliance.

Type of Activity

Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

2002 OSHA Compliance Assistance Conference 9/02


EMA Conference 10/02


Paula White speech to SGIA Safety and Health Committee 1/03


Newspaper Association of America, Annual Technical Meeting 1/03


Article published in FLEXO Magazine 2/03


NEHS Conference 3/03


OSHA presentations at NEHS Conference 3/03


Info*Flex Conference 5/03


Panel on ergonomics at the Web Offset Association's 51st Annual Management and Technical Conference 5/03


Article published in Management Portfolio, 10/03




  1. Upcoming Milestones

    Renewal of Alliance agreement, with one new signatory, the Gravure Association of America. (The Envelope Manufacturers Association will not be signatory to the renewal, due to the fact that the issues addressed in the Alliance are not a current focus for the organization.)

Report prepared by: Nilgun Tolek, OSHA/Printing Industry Alliance Coordinator, September 30, 2003