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Ontario Adopts EPR For Packaging
October 11, 2019The province of Ontario is shifting the costs of its EPR program – from municipal taxpayers to producers of products and packaging collected through its Blue Box Program. It is expected that the program, administered by the province’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, will be more consistent.
SGIA Responds to Maine’s Request for Information on EPR Program
October 11, 2019In 2019, the Maine State Legislature passed a “Resolve to Support Maine Recycling Programs” which directed the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to develop legislation to establish an extended producer responsibility law for packaging sold in that state. SGIA submitted comments in September 2019 posing many clarifying questions aimed at the logistics of this legislation.
SGIA Works with Ohio EPA Guidance on Ink Being Classified as a Universal Waste
October 10, 2019Near the end of 2017, Ohio EPA amended their Universal Waste regulations to include several wastes that are commonly generated by businesses. When Ohio EPA proposed to add paint and paint-related wastes to the state regulated list, SGIA along with the Printing Industries of Ohio and Northern Kentucky asked that ink and ink-related wastes also be included under this category. Ohio EPA declined, but stated that ink and ink-related waste would qualify as a paint and paint-related waste.
SGIA Supports Effort Stopping California Paper Receipt Ban
October 8, 2019SGIA joined in with other trade groups representing printing, paper, and retail operations strongly opposing a bill being considered by the California legislature that essentially would ban paper receipts. One of the primary concerns was the required data collection and subsequent protection of it. California has strict regulations on data privacy and that lead to the bill ultimately being dropped.
Wisconsin Streamlines Air Regulations for Printing Operations With Lithographic Printing Presses
October 3, 2019After many years of effort by SGIA and the Great Lakes Graphics Association, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources completed its rulemaking to streamline the air pollution control regulations that printers with a lithographic printing press need to meet. The rule revisions become effective July 1.
SGIA Leads Industry Effort on Lockout/Tagout Comments Submitted To OSHA
October 3, 2019The printing industry-wide task force organized by SGIA completed its work on developing and submitting consensus comments to OSHA on its latest proposed updates to The Control of Hazardous Energy or Lockout/Tagout (LO/TO) Standard. A meeting with OSHA to discuss these comments has been set up for early November.
Safe and Sound Week
September 27, 2019SGIA partners with OSHA to put on our first annual Safe and Sound Week. Thirteen member organizations displayed a commitment to management leadership, employee engagement, and fixing hazards and were able to earn Safe and Sound Participant Recognition!
Walking Working Surfaces Package
September 11, 2019SGIA has released a new Walking Working Surfaces Safety Package. This collection of resources is a comprehensive compliance resource that builds on our Ladder Safety Package. The recent addition of a rule overview booklet, two more posters, and five checklists rounds out the package to be a one stop shop for your WWS compliance needs.
US Department of Labor Announces Rule to Strengthen Retirement Programs for Small Businesses
August 5, 2019In August 2018, President Donald J. Trump issued Executive Order 13847, "Strengthening Retirement Security in America." The Executive Order called for the Secretary of Labor to clarify and expand the circumstances under which U.S. employers, especially small- and mid-sized businesses, may sponsor or adopt an ARP or Multiple Employer Plan as a workplace retirement option for their employees.
Zero Waste Act Introduced – More Recycling Legislative Proposals on the Horizon
August 5, 2019Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) introduced the Zero Waste Act, which creates federal grants to support municipalities in recycling and waste reduction efforts. The recently introduced legislation provides federal funding to help municipalities invest in waste recovery and reduction initiatives. The program would be carried out by the U.S. EPA and would be funded with up to $250 million from 2020 through 2027, according to the bill text.