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Lockout/Tagout, OSHA, and EPA updates

Source: Amanda Kleigl, SGIA, July 29, 2019

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has organized an industry-wide task force to provide input to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) latest proposed updates to The Control of Hazardous Energy standard (lockout/tagout or LO/TO).

SGIA and 16 other prominent printing industry trade associations comprise the task force: APTech, Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC), Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), Graphic Arts Association (GAA), Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA), Pacific Printing Industries Association (PPI), Printing Industries of New England (PINE), Printing Industries of America (PIA), Printing & Graphics Association MidAtlantic (PGAMA), Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica (PIA MidAmerica), Printing Industries Association of the South Inc. (PIAS), Printing Industries Association Inc. of Southern California (PIASC), Printing Industries Alliance, Printing Industries of Ohio • N.Kentucky [Now Graphic Media Alliance (GMA)], Printing Industry of the Carolinas Inc. (PICA), Printing Industry Midwest (PIM) and the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI).

“LO/TO is one of two regulations that keep employees who operate equipment safe, and it’s critical to the wellbeing of our workforce. We’re concerned, however, that the revisions could actually jeopardize print service providers’ (PSP) ability to operate equipment in a safe and efficient manner,” said Gary Jones, Director of Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, SGIA.

Continue reading about the Lockout/Tagout Task Force


Regional Council Annual Meetings

Featuring: Gary Jones, Director of Environmental, Health and Safety Affairs, SGIA

As the Trump Administration enters the home stretch, deregulatory activity has increased with several major replacements to the environmental regulations from the Obama Administration. The efforts to remove existing rules have been challenged and many court cases have been filed in opposition. OSHA has begun rulemaking on a critical regulation – the Lockout/Tagout Standard – which impacts every printing operation’s ability to safely operate equipment in an economical manner. 

Even though the EPA is revising its regulations, OSHA has remained aggressive in their enforcement activity with printing operations. Hazardous wastes management continues to be a focus of state enforcement actions. A discussion on the significance of the Lockout/Tagout regulatory change and other key EPA deregulatory rules will be presented at Graphic Media Alliance’s Annual Regional Council Meetings.

Sponsored by: 

Canon Solutions America

 

 

 

Lunch will be served, and a brief business meeting will follow during which new Regional Council Officers and Members will be elected.  We will also introduce and welcome our new PIEF scholarship recipients.  

Program: 

11:00 a.m. Registration 

11:30 a.m. Speaker - Gary A. Jones 

12:00 p.m. Lunch

The regional annual meetings are open to all Graphic Media Alliance members and guests. The meeting will also serve as the fourth quarter meeting of each regional council and new officers and members will be elected. 

Cost (includes lunch):

$50.00 per person 

$85.00 for two registrants from the same company 

$95.00 for non-member registrants

For more information, please contact your BDD or call the Association at 888-576-1971.


Registration is open:

The 2019 Michigan Annual Meeting will be held Monday, November 11th from 11am – 1pm at Allied Printing Company, Inc.

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The 2019 Northern Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, November 12th from 11am - 1pm at the Embassy Suites in Independence. 

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The 2019 Central Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, November 13th, from 11am - 1pm at the Embassy Suites in Columbus. 

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The 2019 Southern Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, November 14th, from 11am - 1pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Blue Ash. 

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