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Graphic Arts Association

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Graphic Arts Association (GAA) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to promote and foster safer and more healthful American workplaces. OSHA and GAA hereby form an Alliance to provide GAA members and others in the graphic arts industry, including small businesses, with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety. In particular, the Alliance will address issues associated with ergonomics that may be experienced by employees in the graphic arts industry. In developing this Alliance, OSHA and the GAA recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA and the GAA will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for the graphic arts industry regarding ergonomic hazards, hazard communication, machine guarding and/or lockout/tagout issues and to provide expertise in communicating such information to employers and employees in the industry
  • Deliver or arrange for the delivery of graphic arts industry-related safety and courses

OSHA and the GAA will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • 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 GAA's Web sites) to employers and employees in the industry.
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA's or the GAA's conferences, local meetings, or other events such as GAA's Annual Members Meeting.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and graphic arts industry safety and health professionals regarding GAA's best practices and publicize results through outreach by GAA and through OSHA or GAA developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).
  • Promote the benefits of the graphic arts industry participating in OSHA's cooperative programs such as Compliance Assistance, the Voluntary Protection Programs, Consultation and its Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.

OSHA and the GAA will work together to achieve the following goal related to promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on graphic arts industry issues to help create innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of that party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives from both organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. In addition, they will meet at least three times per year to track and share information on activities and results in achieving the goals of the Alliance. Team members will include representatives of OSHA's Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs and safety professionals from or representing the graphic arts industry. Additional team members may be brought in from either group as needed to assist with technical matters. OSHA will encourage State Plan States' and OSHA Consultation Projects' participation on the team.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of both signatories.


Signed this 10th day of October 2006

Occupational Safety and Health Administration


Patricia K. Clark
Region Administrator


Gary W. Roskoski
Area Director, Marlton Office

Graphic Arts Association


Margaret Baumhauer

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