Nov. 5, 2007
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
TREVOSE, Pa. ¿ The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Graphic Arts Association (GAA) have joined forces to promote workplace safety and health for employees in the printing and graphic arts industries. Jean Kulp, director of OSHA's Allentown Area Office, represented the agency at a recent signing ceremony to launch the effort.
GAA is the trade association for the printing and graphics industry in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. It is the regional affiliate of the Printing Industries of America and the Graphics Arts Technical Foundation.
This alliance will provide information, guidance and access to training resources for GAA members to help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic and noise hazards. The alliance also will address hazardous chemical and machine guarding issues, as well as lockout/tagout procedures, which are intended to prevent inadvertent machine start-ups. The alliance partners will work together to share and disseminate GAA's best safety and health practices among OSHA personnel, graphic arts industry safety and health professionals, and GAA member companies.
"People employed in the graphic arts and printing fields are exposed to a variety of workplace hazards due to the nature of the work," said Kulp. "This alliance will afford us the opportunity to equip both business owners and employees with the information they need to ensure safe and healthful work environments for members of these industries."
"The Graphics Arts Association is committed to fostering safe and healthful work environments for the printing and graphics arts industry," said Marge Baumhauer, GAA's president. "We are looking forward to working more closely with OSHA to help achieve these goals."
OSHA's Allentown Area Office can be reached at 610-776-0592.
OSHA health and safety alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of employees through cooperative partnerships with trade associations, labor organizations and employers. The agency now has more than 450 national, regional and area alliances nationwide.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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