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Graphic Arts Association
October 17, 2008

  1. Alliance Background

    Date Signed:

    October 17, 2007


    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Graphic Arts Association (GAA) formed 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, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic and noise hazards and by addressing machine guarding, lockout/tagout and hazardous chemical issues.

    Implementation Team Members

    Scott G. Shimandle
    Compliance Assistance Specialist - OSHA Allentown
    Margaret Baumhauer
    President, GAA
    Tony Mangabat
    EHS Manager, GAA (no longer with the Association)
    Stephen Stankavage
    EHS Manger, GAA


    In addition to the names above the following individuals contributed to this Alliance and its events over the past 12 months:

    Jean G. Kulp
    Area Director - OSHA Allentown
    Martin Davis
    Compliance Assistance Specialist - OSHA Marlton (Region II)

    Evaluation Period

    October 17, 2007 to October 16, 2008.

  2. Implementation Team Meetings
    December 3, 2007
    Implementation Team Meeting
    January 7, 2008
    Conference Call
    January 23, 2008
    Outreach/Team Meeting
    February 11, 2008
    E-mail correspondence (safety issue at member site)
    April 16, 2008
    Conference Call (Notification of EHS Manager departure
    April 17, 2008
    E-mail correspondence (Safety Expo Notice)
    June 4, 2008
    Conference Call with new EHS Manager
    June 24, 2008
    Implementation Team Meeting
    September 17, 2008
    Outreach/Team Meeting
  3. Events and Products

    Training and Education

    • Events
    • As listed above, after the first outreach event and before the second quarterly event could be scheduled the Environmental, Health and Safety Manager left the Association and returned to a private industry employer. The Association has since hired a replacement and we had the opportunity to talk, meet and schedule a joint outreach training session with the Compliance Assistance Specialist from the Marlton New Jersey OSHA Area Office (several of the Graphic Arts Association members are located in New Jersey). Our next event is scheduled for December 3, 2008.

    • Products
    • No products currently under development.

    Outreach and Communication

    • Events

      January 23, 2008, An Outreach session was held on OSHA Inspections and the most frequently cited violations in the Print Industry.
      September 17, 2008, Two (2) Outreach sessions were held: (1) Occupational Noise exposure and the AAO Local Emphasis Program, and (2) OSHA Recordkeeping Rules and Regulations (conducted by CAS Davis, Region II - Marlton New Jersey Area Office).

    • Products

      No products created during this period.

    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health

    • Events

      None at this time.

    • Products

      None at this time.

  4. Results

    Based on the positive feedback from the first presentation, the group had asked we extend the time period to one-half day sessions, as the members/attendees have numerous questions, not just on the topic of presentation, but on various other safety and health issues within their facilities.

    Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.)

    Number of Individuals Reached or Trained

    Outreach - OSHA Inspections and hazards in the Print Industry 8 individuals, representing 6 different companies
    Outreach - Occupational Noise Exposure and OSHA Recordkeeping Rules and Regulations 10 individuals, representing 6 different companies
    TOTAL 18

    As noted previously, due to the departure of the EHS Manager, who had originated this Alliance with the Allentown OSHA office, and the recent hiring of his replacement there was slight disruption in our efforts in committing to the quarterly events.

  5. Upcoming Milestones

    The Graphic Arts Association members had requested a presentation on an actual OSHA Inspection - from start to finish, as many of these small employers had not experienced an OSHA inspection before. Thus the Association has volunteered to provide photographs of member locations (without identifiers) which will be utilized for a presentation, as no on-site activity will take place under this Alliance agreement. It is highly recommended that we continue this Alliance as the members are commenting on the value they obtain from these "Meet the Regulators" sessions.

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