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ALLIANCE ANNUAL REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
and the
Graphics Arts Coalition
September 26, 2006

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

June 18, 2002, and July 1, 2002

Date Renewed

February 9, 2004

Overview

The Graphic Arts Coalition (GAC) is comprised of the four following associations:
  • Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF)
  • Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA)
  • Flexographic Technical Association (FTA)
  • Gravure Association of America (GAA)
Through the Alliance, OSHA and the organizations are providing GAC members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources to help them protect employees' health and safety, including reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic concerns found in printing operations as well as promoting safe work practices in the industry.

Implementation Team Members:

 
OSHA:  
   
Brett Besser
Kimberly Greenberg
Lisa Ramber
Beth Sherfy
Salt Lake Technical Center
Office of Small Business Assistance
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
   
Contributors:  
   
Kristi Dearing SLTC/OSHA Contractor
   
GAC:  
   
Rick Hartwig
Gary Jones
Marcia Kinter
Jim Kyger
Doreen Monteleone
Bill Sunter
Marisabel Torres
Danielle Waterfield
PIA/GATF
PIA/GATF
SGIA
PIA/GATF
FTA
GAA
SGIA
SGIA*

*Danielle served on the Alliance implementation team until November 2005.

Evaluation Period

June 18, 2005, through June 17, 2006

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
August 1, 2005

September 8, 2005
October 20, 2005
October 27, 2005
November 21, 2005
December 28, 2005
February 7, 2006
February 9, 2006
March 7, 2006
March 14, 2006
March 23, 2006
April 13, 2006
April 18, 2006
May 3, 2006
May 8, 2006
May 18, 2006
Alliance Program Promoting the Globally Harmonized System of Classification an Labeling of Chemicals Workgroup, Washington, DC
OSHA Small Business Roundtable
Meeting, Teleconference
Printing eTool Development Meeting, Teleconference
Printing eTool Development Meeting, Teleconference
Printing eTool Development Meeting, Teleconference
Printing eTool Development Meeting, Teleconference
Meeting, Teleconference
Printing eTool Development Meeting, Teleconference
Printing eTool Development Meeting, Teleconference
Printing eTool Development Meeting, Teleconference
Printing eTool Development Meeting, Teleconference
Printing eTool Development Meeting, Teleconference
Printing eTool Development Meeting, Teleconference
Printing eTool Development Meeting, Teleconference
Printing eTool Development Meeting, Teleconference

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Outreach and Communication Goal


    • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, and through links on OSHA's and GAC Web sites, including:
      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise regarding the Printing Industry Safety and Health Topics page.
      • Work with OSHA to provide expertise on the development of an eTool for the printing industry.
      • Developing and maintaining a speaker's kit on topics covered in this Alliance as well as the overall safety and health profile of the industry.
    Products

    Printing Industry Safety and Health Topics Page


    The OSHA and GAC Alliance is continuing to maintain OSHA's Printing Industry Safety and Health Topics Page as a product of the Alliance. The page provides numerous resources with information relevant to the flexography, gravure, lithography and screen printing segments of the printing industry. The following members of the OSHA and GAC Alliance serve on its editorial board and provide an ongoing review of the topics page:

    • Rick Hartwig, PIA/GATF
    • Gary Jones, PIA/GATF
    • Marcia Kinter, SGIA
    • Doreen Monteleone, FTA
    • Danielle Waterfield, SGIA
    Ergonomics in the Printing Industry eTool

    The Alliance implementation team members provided input into the development of OSHA's Ergonomics in the Printing Industry eTool Lithography Module, launched on March 14, 2006. The Lithography Module describes possible hazards and potential solutions found in the lithographic printing process addressing prepress, press and postpress activities. The Alliance implementation is providing input into the development of draft modules on Flexography and Screen Printing for the eTool.

    OSHA and GAC Alliance Web page

    OSHA maintains an OSHA and GAC Alliance Web page on the Agency's Web site. The Web page includes links to the OSHA and GAC Alliance agreement and renewal agreement, news releases, annual reports, and milestones and successes. The OSHA and GAC Alliance Web page also links to OSHA's Printing Industry Safety and Health Topics page, industry conferences, articles and other resources. During the reporting period, information about speeches and exhibits and a link to OSHA's Ergonomics in the Printing Industry eTool Lithography Module were added to the OSHA and GAC Alliance Web page. For information on the number of visits to the OSHA and GAC Alliance Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

    PIA/GATF's Alliance-related Web page

    PIA/GATF maintains an Alliance-related Web page on the association's Web site. It includes information about the OSHA and GAC Alliance, links to OSHA's Web site, OSHA-developed articles and other safety and health information.

    Print and Electronic Media

    Articles about the OSHA and GAC Alliance have appeared in a number of print and online publications, including: Occupational Hazards Magazine, FLEXO Magazine, FTA's EHS Direct eNewsletter, GATF World, as well as OSHA's News Releases, QuickTakes and Alliance Quarterly Review. In addition, Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, PIA/GATF wrote and published an article, "OSHA's Ergonomics Alliance a Success Story for Printers," in the February 2006 issue of GATF World. Doreen Monteleone, Director of Membership & EHS Services, FTA published a version of the article, "Printers Team with OSHA for Safety," in the March 2006 issue of FLEXO Magazine. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.

    • Speak, exhibit or appear at OSHA or GAC-sponsored conferences, local meetings, or other safety or industry events, such as the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association Convention and Expo, the 2004 National Environmental Health and Safety Conference for the Graphic Communications Industry, Foundation of FTA INFO*FLEX Exhibition, and the GAA Gravure Expo, especially focusing on ergonomics concerns and approaches to solutions.
    Events

    SGIA's Basic Screenmaking Workshops, Alexandria, Virginia


    Marci Kinter, Vice President Government and Business Information, SGIA discussed the OSHA and GAC Alliance during SGIA's Basic Screenmaking Workshop on February 2-10, 2006.

    2006 National Environmental Health and Safety Conference '06 for the Graphic Communications Industries, March 27-29, 2006, Indianapolis, Indiana

    On March 28, 2006, Brett Besser, Ergonomist, Salt Lake Technical Center, USDOL-OSHA, made a presentation on OSHA's Ergonomics in the Printing Industry eTool during the conference's "Practical Ergonomics" breakout session at the 2006 National Environmental Health and Safety Conference '06 for the Graphic Communications Industries in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, he staffed an OSHA and GAC Alliance booth. Both Gary Jones and Rick Hartwig also provided discussions about the OSHA and GAC Alliance during the "Last Call" Lithographic Session at the conference.

    INFO*FLEX Exhibition, April 30-May 1, 2006, Louisville, Kentucky

    OSHA provided an Alliance Activities Summary and other OSHA compliance assistance publications for distribution at the INFO*FLEX Exhibition April 30-May 1, 2006 in Louisville, Kentucky.

    GAA Annual Conference, May 8-12, 2006, Richmond, Virginia

    OSHA provided an Alliance Activities Summary and other OSHA compliance assistance publications for distribution at GAA Annual Conference May 8-12, 2006 in Richmond, Virginia.

    • Share information between OSHA personnel and the printing industry regarding industry best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by OSHA and GAC members.

      During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • Promote and encourage GAC member companies to participate in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), and Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).
    Products

    Department of Labor-Developed Articles, "Consultation helps Small Businesses establish safety and health programs"


    Through the OSHA and GAC Alliance, GAA published the article "Consultation helps Small Businesses establish safety and health programs" in the December 2005 issue of Gravure Magazine.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on projects relating to ergonomics or safe work practices that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.
    Events

    Promoting the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Workgroup, August 1, 2005, Washington, DC


    Danielle Waterfield, Government Affairs Associate, SGIA, attended the Alliance Program's Promoting the GHS Workgroup meeting August 1, 2005, in Washington, DC. The meeting was held as a follow-up to the Alliance Program's Hazard Communication Roundtable, which was held February 15, 2005. During the workgroup meeting, Alliance Program participants identified compliance assistance resources and activities to educate the public about the GHS.

    Alliance Program Small Business Roundtable, September 8, 2005, Washington, DC

    Danielle Waterfield, Government Affairs Associate, SGIA, attended the OSHA's Small Business Roundtable, September 8, 2005 in Washington, DC. During the Roundtable, Alliance Program participants provided recommendations on how OSHA could enhance its small business compliance assistance and outreach products and programs.

    2005 National Safety Council Congress and Expo, September 18-22, 2005, Orlando, Florida

    On September 22, 2005, Paula O. White Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA; Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, PIA/GATF; and a representative from The Dow Chemical Company, an Alliance Program participants, spoke during the panel, "Successes of OSHA's Ergonomic Alliances," at the 2005 National Safety Council Congress and Exposition in Orlando, Florida.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Convene a forum with printing equipment manufacturers and end-users to raise awareness about ergonomic concerns related to the interaction between humans and machinery.

      During this evaluation period, no products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • Raise others' awareness of, and demonstrate their own commitment to, workplace safety and health whenever GAC leaders address groups.
    Events

    Ergonomics Updates


    During the Alliance's reporting period, June 18, 2005, to June 17, 2006, Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, PIA/GATF, gave the presentation on ergonomics, "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response," to a number of groups reaching more than 615 people. (See Appendix A.)

  2. Executive Summary

    During the Alliance's past year, the OSHA and GAC Alliance implementation team worked on an Alliance renewal agreement to extend the Alliance for two more years. The group also engaged in many projects to provide GAC members and others with information, guidance and access to training resources to help protect employees' health and safety, including reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic concerns found in printing operations as well as promoting safe work practices in the industry.

    GAC members continued to serve on OSHA's Printing Industry Safety and Health Topics page's editorial board, providing expert input on an ongoing basis to OSHA to help maintain the page. In addition, the Alliance implementation team provided expertise and information during the development of OSHA's Printing Industry Ergonomics eTool Lithography Module, which was posted on OSHA's Web site on March 14, 2006. The eTool identifies potential hazards and solutions for various lithographic processes. The team also is providing input for two additional draft modules for the eTool on Flexography and Screen Printing.

    The OSHA and GAC Alliance implementation team helped to maintain the OSHA and GAC Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site. In addition, PIA/GATF established an Alliance-related Web page on the association's Web site. It includes information about the OSHA and GAC Alliance, links to OSHA's Web site, OSHA-developed articles and other safety and health information.

    The OSHA and GAC Alliance also took advantage of many speaking and exhibiting opportunities to reach the printing industry. For example, Marci Kinter, Vice President Government and Business Information, SGIA discussed the OSHA and GAC Alliance during SGIA's Basic Screenmaking Workshop on February 2-10, 2006.

    In addition, on March 28, 2006, Brett Besser, Ergonomist, Salt Lake Technical Center, USDOL-OSHA, made a presentation on OSHA's Ergonomics in the Printing Industry eTool during the conference's "Practical Ergonomics" breakout session. He also staffed an OSHA and GAC Alliance booth. OSHA provided an Alliance Activities Summary and other OSHA compliance assistance publications for distribution at INFO*FLEX April 30-May 1, 2006 in Louisville, Kentucky and the GAA Annual Conference May 8-12, 2006 in Richmond, Virginia.

    GAC members also worked with other Alliance Program participants on projects. Danielle Waterfield, Government Affairs Associate, SGIA, attended the Alliance Program's Promoting the GHS Workgroup August 1, 2005, in Washington, DC. Ms. Waterfield and other Alliance Program participants identified compliance assistance resources and activities to educate the public about the GHS.

    The Alliance also used the print media to promote the Program and OSHA's compliance assistance resources and other cooperative programs. GAA published the article "Consultation helps Small Businesses establish safety and health programs" in the December 2005 issue of Gravure Magazine. Also Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, PIA/GATF wrote and published an article, "OSHA's Ergonomics Alliance a Success Story for Printers," for the February 2006 issue of GATF World. Doreen Monteleone, Director of Membership & EHS Services, FTA published a version of the article, "Printers Team with OSHA for Safety," in the March 2006 issue of FLEXO Magazine. Announcements about Alliance activities were routinely published in FTA's EHS Direct eNewsletter. (See Appendix B.)

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA and GAC Alliance Web page on OSHA's Web site 4,200
Printing Industry Safety and Health Topics Page 19,200
August 1, 2005: Promoting the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Workgroup, Washington, DC
Attendee:
Danielle Waterfield, Government Affairs Associate, SGIA
13
September 8, 2005: OSHA Small Business Roundtable, Washington, DC
Attendee:
Danielle Waterfield, Government Affairs Associate, SGIA
20
September 22, 2005: National Safety Council Congress and Exposition, Orlando, Florida
Speakers:
Paula O. White Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Program, USDOL-OSHA
Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, PIA/GATF
35
October 7, 2005: "OSHA Alliance," Graphic Arts Information Network Data Not Available
February 2-10, 2006: SGIA's Basic Screenmaking Workshops, Alexandria, Virginia
Speaker:
Marci Kinter, Vice President Government and Business, SGIA
10
February 2006: "OSHA's Ergonomics Alliances a Success Story for Printers," GATF World 22,000
March 14, 2006: "OSHA Unveils New Printing Industry Ergonomics eTool," OSHA News Release 69 News Services
March 14, 2006: "OSHA Unveils New Printing Industry Ergonomics eTool," Yahoo! News Data Not Available
March 15, 2006: "Fit to Print? OSHA Unveils New Printing Industry Ergonomics eTool," Ergonomics Today Data Not Available
March 15, 2006: "OSHA Unveils New Printing Industry Ergonomics eTool," Occupational Hazards Magazine Data Not Available
March 15, 2006: "OSHA Unveils New Printing Industry Ergonomics eTool," Reliable Plant Data Not Available
March 15, 2006: "Web-based Training Tool Available for Workers in Printing Industry," QuickTakes 50,000
March 28, 2006: 2006 National Environmental Health and Safety Conference '06 for the Graphic Communications Industries, Indianapolis, Indiana
Speaker:
Brett Besser, Ergonomist, Salt Lake Technical Center, USDOL-OSHA
90
March 28, 2006: 2006 National Environmental Health and Safety Conference '06 for the Graphic Communications Industries, Indianapolis, Indiana
OSHA exhibit
30
March 2006: "Printers Team with OSHA for Safety," FLEXO Magazine Data Not Available
April 30-May 1, 2006: INFO*FLEX Exhibition, Louisville, Kentucky
Provided publications
50
April 2006: "OSHA Unveils New Printing Industry Ergonomics eTool," SAF-T-GARDIAN Newsletter Data Not Available
April 2006: "OSHA Unveils Website Tools," NSC Safety Focus Data Not Available
April 2006: "OSHA Unveils New Printing Industry Ergonomics eTool," Risk Control Issues NewsBrief Data Not Available
May 8-12, 2006: GAA Annual Conference, Richmond, Virginia
Provided publications
50
Presentations by Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, PIA/GATF (See Appendix A) 582
TOTAL 96,322

IV. Upcoming Milestones

The OSHA and GAC Alliance implementation team will renew the Alliance agreement in the coming year and address not only ergonomics but also lockout/tagout issues. The Alliance also will undertake a number of activities, including continuing to provide input and expertise to develop the Flexography and Screen Printing Modules for OSHA's Ergonomics for the Printing Industry eTool. The implementation team will also review and update, as necessary, OSHA's Printing Industry Safety and Health Topics page.

The Alliance implementation team has also identified a number of opportunities to reach out to the printing industry's employers and employees regarding workplace safety and health through speeches, exhibits, publications or their associations' Web sites. OSHA will provide copies of the Alliance Activities Summary and other OSHA compliance assistance publications for distribution at GAC member events including the SGIA '06 conference, the 2007 National Environmental Health and Safety Conference, and INFO*FLEX. In addition, the SGIA and FTA will explore the development of Web pages about the OSHA and GAC Alliance on their respective associations' Web sites. The team members will also identify opportunities to publish articles developed by OSHA on topics such as OSHA's electronic resources and standards interpretation letters in their associations' newsletters and magazines and on their Web sites. Further, Marci Kinter, Vice President Government and Business Information, SGIA will discuss the OSHA and GAC Alliance during SGIA's Basic Screenmaking Workshops and August 7-11, 2006

Report prepared by: Elizabeth Sherfy, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, September 26, 2006.


 
Appendix A
 
Presentations by Gary Jones
June 18, 2005, to June 17, 2006
Event Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
PIAS Luncheon Meeting, September 13, 2005, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
20
PAF EHS Luncheon September 23, 2005, Orlando, Florida
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
3
Printing Industry of New York EHS Conference October 5, 2006, Albany, New York
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
40
Printing Industry of New York EHS Conference October 6, 2006, Batavia, New York
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
30
Midwest Region Newspaper Safety Consortium Semiannual Meeting October 26, 2005, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
20
Newspaper Association of America's OSHA Update Webinar October 27, 2006, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
15
PICA's Fall Conference, October 29, 2006, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
32
Knight Ridder's Annual EHS Program January 19, 2005, Miami, Florida
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
40
National Environmental Health and Safety Conference March 27, 2006, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
185
NEXPO (Annual Newspaper Association of America's Convention) April 2, 2006, Chicago, Illinois
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
25
Midwest Region Newspaper Safety Consortium's Seminannal Meeting May 3, 2006, Bloomington, Illinois
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
20
EPA's Annual Summit Meeting May 11, 2006, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
25
Printing Industry of Ohio and Northern Kentucky's Membership Meeting May 11, 2006, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
40
Newspaper Association of America's OSHA Update Webinar April 11, 2006, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
12
PIA/GATF OSHA Compliance Webinar June 15, 2006, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, GATF/PIA, gave a presentation on "Ergonomics Regulation Update and Printing Industry Response"
75
TOTAL 582

 
Appendix B
 
FTA's EHS Direct Newsletter
Date Topics
July 2005
  • Lifting Techniques
  • NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
  • New OSHA Fact Sheets
August 2005
  • New on OSHA's Website
  • Ladder Safety
  • Contact Lens Use
September 2005
  • OSHA Information Available
October 2005
  • New OSHA Head
November 2005
  • Frequently Cited OSHA Standards
  • ANSI Standards for Printing Press Systems Revised
  • Free Software to Write Hazcom Plans
December 2005
  • Recommended Contents of a First Aid Kit
January 2006
  • Printing Industry Joins Others and Gears Up to Celebrate NAOSH Week
February 2006
  • Subscribe to OSHA QuickTakes
  • Don't Forget to Post OSHA Form 300A
  • New Guidelines to Help Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes
  • NAOSH Week
March 2006
  • Workplace Violence: Training Young Workers in Preventive Strategies
  • NAOSH Week 2006
  • Involving Workers in Your Health and Safety Program
  • Safety and Health Fact Sheets Available Online
April 2006
  • Consultation Helps Small Business Establish Safety and Health Programs
  • Litho Ergonomic eTool Unveiled
May 2006
  • New on OSHA Compliance Assistance Web page
June 2006
  • How to Keep Your Company from Being Cited by OSHA Webinar
  • Medical and First Aid Programs
  • OSHA Targets Workplaces for Unannounced Inspections