Environment & Safety

Air Permit Compliance

Gary Jones, Assistant Vice President, Environmental, Health, and Safety Affairs, Printing Industries of America, offers tips for air permit compliance. Air permit compliance involves two steps. The first is obtaining a permit and the second is meeting the terms and conditions identified in it. Obtaining the permit requires the preparation of an air emissions inventory that identifies the equipment... »

Combustible Dust and Safety Compliance

Combustible Dust and Safety Compliance

OSHA continues to enforce their rules regarding combustible dust and fire prevention, and companies are still receiving huge fines for these serious violations. It’s important to keep your employees and business safe from fire hazards, and here are a few quick tips to follow to eliminate or reduce the amount of combustible dust you generate: Ensure all dust handling/generating equipment is designe... »

Enforce Safety Rules and Document

Enforce Safety Rules and Document

I recently was asked to conduct a mock OSHA enforcement audit at a printing company with a pressman who had just sustained an amputation of a finger down to the first knuckle.  This company was expecting a real OSHA enforcement audit to be conducted in the near future.  This company wanted to know how they’d likely fare in a real enforcement audit, and they naturally wanted to fix any things wrong... »

Machine Guarding Fines Like Never Before

Machine Guarding Fines Like Never Before

In my nearly 21 years of auditing manufacturing plants for compliance with the OSHA machine guarding regulations, I have noticed (in the last couple of years) an ever increasing aggression from OSHA Enforcement in citing companies who allow employees to operate machines with exposed hazard areas.  In fact, under the print industry OSHA National Emphasis Program to eliminate amputations, OSHA is no... »

Measure Compliance for the Long Term

Measure Compliance for the Long Term

Just as you shouldn’t base your long term health condition on a single doctor visit, you shouldn’t base your long term compliance condition on a single assessment. Environmental Health and Safety evaluations of your operations should be performed regularly and often to maintain commitment within your business culture and to establish a routine that will facilitate quick identification of issues an... »

Fire Safety Tips

Fire Safety Tips

Since most printing operations are equipped with portable fire extinguishers, it is important to understand how OSHA’s regulations apply to their use and operation. OSHA’s rules prohibit workers from using fire extinguishers unless they have received training in their proper use, and the training has to be performed on an annual basis. According to 29 CFR 1910.157(g)(2), “Where the employer has pr... »

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