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(signed June 18, 2002, July 1, 2002; renewed February 9, 2004; renewed July 31, 2006; concluded June 18, 2008)


Front row L-R: Ben Cooper, Graphic Arts Technical Foundation/Printing Industries of America; OSHA's then-Assistant Secretary, John Henshaw; Michael Robertson, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association; Richard H. Dunnington, Gravure Association of America, Inc. Back row L-R: Danielle Waterfield, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association; Marci Kinter, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
Front row L-R: Ben Cooper, Graphic Arts Technical Foundation/Printing Industries of America; OSHA's then-Assistant Secretary, John Henshaw; Michael Robertson, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association; Richard H. Dunnington, Gravure Association of America, Inc. Back row L-R: Danielle Waterfield, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association; Marci Kinter, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association.

Graphic Arts Coalition renews national Alliance on February 9, 2004. L-R: Ben Cooper, Graphic Arts Technical Foundation/Printing Industries of America, OSHA's then-Assistant Secretary, John Henshaw, Michael Robertson, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, and Richard H. Dunnington, Gravure Association of America, Inc.
Graphic Arts Coalition renews national Alliance on February 9, 2004. L-R: Ben Cooper, Graphic Arts Technical Foundation/Printing Industries of America, OSHA's then-Assistant Secretary, John Henshaw, Michael Robertson, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, and Richard H. Dunnington, Gravure Association of America, Inc.

The Graphic Arts Coalition (GAC), formerly called the Printing Industry Alliance is renewing its Alliance. The GAC is comprised of the four following associations:

  1. Printing Industries of America (PIA)/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF)
  2. Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA)
  3. Flexographic Technical Association (FTA)
  4. Gravure Association of America (GAA)

Through the Alliance, OSHA and the organizations will provide GAC members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in addressing ergonomics, hazard communication, machine guarding and lockout/tagout issues. Goals of the Alliance include:

Outreach and communication:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information on the recognition and prevention of workplace hazards, and to provide expertise in developing ways of communicating such information (e.g. print and electronic media, electronic assistance tools and OSHA's and the GAC's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or GAC's conferences, local meetings, or other events.
  • Promote and encourage GAC members' or worksites' participation in OSHA's cooperative programs such as compliance assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), and the Consultation Program and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and publicize their results.

Related Documents

Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases


Activities and Events (Archive)
  • May 4-10, 2008: 2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Flexographic Technical Association and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2008 NAOSH Week, "Safety is Good Business." Sponsored annually by American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • March 10-12, 2008: National Environmental, Health & Safety Conference '08, Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana.
    • March 11, 2008: Jeffry S. Carter, Deputy Commissioner of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration State of Indiana, made a presentation on the changes to the OSHA electrical standard to 300 printing industry safety and health professionals.
    • March 11-12, 2008: Representatives from OSHA’s Region V helped to staff an Alliance Program exhibit booth and distributed information about the OSHA and GAC Alliance.
  • May 6-12, 2007: 2007 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) and a number of other Alliance Program participants supported 2007 NAOSH Week; "All Modes of Transportation." Sponsored annually by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an Alliance Program participant, and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, the Week focuses on the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
  • March 12–14, 2007: National Environmental, Health & Safety Conference '07 for the Graphic Communications Industries, Jacksonville, Florida. Joe Roesler, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Region IV, Jacksonville, Florida Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, staffed an Alliance Program exhibit booth and distributed information about the OSHA and GAC Alliance.
  • August 7-11, 2006: SGIA's Basic Screenmaking Workshop, Alexandria, Virginia. Marci Kinter, Vice President – Government and Business, SGIA, gave an update on the OSHA and GAC Alliance to 10 workshop attendees.
  • June 29-30, 2006: SGIA's Basic Screenmaking Workshop, Alexandria, Virginia. Marci Kinter, Vice President – Government and Business, SGIA, gave an update on the OSHA and GAC Alliance to 10 workshop attendees.
  • April 2, 2006: NEXPO, Chicago, Illinois. Jim Washam, Region V's Machine Guarding Coordinator, and Gary Jones, Manager, Environmental Health and Safety, PIA/GATF, presented, "Putting Up Your Guards," to approximately 25 representatives of the newspaper industry.
  • March 27-29, 2006: National Environmental Health and Safety Conference '06 for the Graphic Communications Industries, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis , Indiana. Brett Besser, Ergonomist, Salt Lake Technical Center, USDOL-OSHA, staffed an exhibit booth and distributed information on the OSHA and GAC Alliance.
    • March 28, 2006: Mr. Besser gave a presentation on OSHA's Ergonomics in the Printing Industry eTool during the conference's "Practical Ergonomics" breakout session.
  • February 2-10, 2006: SGIA's Basic Screenmaking Workshop, Alexandria, Virginia. Marci Kinter, Vice President – Government and Business, SGIA, gave an update on the OSHA and GAC Alliance to 10 workshop attendees.

Products and Resources

OSHA Safety and Health Topics Pages

OSHA eTools

Case Studies

  • OSHA and Ritrama Case Study. OSHA. June 2007. Ritrama Invests in Safety and Improves Its Bottom Line. Ritrama, a multi-national corporation, designed and implemented a safety and health program to educate the managers, supervisors and employees about safe work practices and company-specific procedures at its manufacturing plant in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a result of the program, the company reduced its workers' compensation premiums, increased productivity and product quality, and improved its employee recruitment and retention.

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