OSHA Compliance Services
These resources provide a quick summary of important OSHA Regulations that printing operations need to meet. SGIA’s Government Affairs staff can help you with your OSHA compliance requirements, including, but not limited to, the topics below.
OSHA Hazard Communication Standard
All printing companies that use inks, toners, cleaning solvents, coatings, adhesives and other chemicals must comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard. The regulation requires the preparation of a written program, chemical inventory, Safety Data Sheets, labeled containers, and to provide employee training on safe chemical use.
Right to Know
SGIA’s RTK program is your step-by-step guide to performing meaningful, interactive training exercises and building comprehensive Written Programs in order to comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communications Standard. Order yours today!
Powered Industrial Trucks
OSHA's standard requires employers to develop and implement a training program for all operators of powered pallet jacks and forklifts on safe operation including a formal practical evaluation. Make sure your program is meeting all the required components.
OSHA Recordkeeping and Injury Reporting Rule
OSHA has revised its requirements for recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses. All fatalities must be reported to OSHA within 8 hours and certain injuries and amputations need to be reported within 24 hours. Every March 2, companies with more than 20 full time, part time, or temporary workers need to electronically report their injury and illness data to OSHA.
Safeguards or machine guards are physical barriers or equivalent devices such as light curtains that are designed to prevent equipment operators from accidentally contacting dangerous machine parts or areas that could result in an injury. All hazard areas are required to be guarded and there is no “grandfathering” of old equipment. This means that even if a guard was not originally installed on a piece of equipment, it is the responsibility of the printing operation to fabricate and install a guard. Be aware of the common hazards in the screen and digital printing processes so you can prevent accidents from occurring in your facility.
Hearing Conservation Program
OSHA's Hearing Conservation Standard requires employers to ensure that employees are not exposed to levels of noise in the workplace that can damage their hearing. If the levels in your facility are above the standard of the level of 85dB(A) on an 8-hour time weighted average exposure, you are required to implement a hearing conservation program. Perform a noise measuring test to find out if you are exempt from this requirement!
OSHA’s Emergency Action Plan standard requires a company to develop emergency action plans for employee protection during times of emergencies such as evacuating the facility in the event of a fire. Printing operations with more than 10 employees are required to their plan formally written. Do you have all the required components in your emergency action plan?
Control of Hazardous Energy Sources
The OSHA standard for The Control of Hazardous Energy — or Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) works in conjunction with the machine guarding standard and serves to protect employees from injuries during servicing and maintenance of equipment. The regulation requires a formal written program, machine specific procedures, lockout devices, employee training, and an annual review of procedures.
Whether you are looking for information on how to avoid OSHA violations or how to develop a lockout/tagout program, SGIA can help.
Our resources provide an excellent foundation and the Government Affairs staff is available to answer your questions. If you need more in-depth assistance, our EHS Consultants are available for in-person facility visits to assist with any environmental, safety, and health problems you may be facing or want more information about.