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November 2019 Small Business Administration Meeting
November 20, 2019The November bi-monthly meeting of the Small Business Administration focused mainly around safety and updates to OSHA regulations. Key topics included updating the Hazard Communication Standard, and the RFI for the LOTO Standard.
SGIA Meets with OSHA Regarding Changes to Lockout/Tagout Standard
November 20, 2019As a follow up to the comments submitted in August of this year, SGIA Government Affairs staff met with key OSHA representatives regarding the information provided to OSHA in response to their request for feedback on revising the Lockout/Tagout Standard. Overall, the meeting went very well and the response from OSHA was positive on several key issues.
SGIA Attends US EPA’s America Recycles Innovation Fair
November 20, 2019On November 14th, forty-five companies gathered in the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center to showcase new and exciting products and services in the recycling and circular economy space. The gathering served to educate the public about available recycling innovations as well as build business to business partnerships to continue to strengthen the circular economy.
Sustainability at Bolger: An SGP Community Event
November 14, 2019SGP, the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership Program, held its first regional community event at Bolger Print in, Minneapolis, MN on November 6th. The half day program featured speakers from print manufacturing, recycling, and the sports industry. With over 50 attendees, the program provided a very informative and interactive discussion about the logistics of sustainability and the building of partnership style relationships among the speakers and attendees.
SGIA Sponsors TLMI’s Saving Dollars by Landfill Avoidance Summit
October 28, 2019SGIA sponsored The Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute's (TLMI) first Recycling Summit in St. Louis on Wednesday, October 16th. The purpose of this event was to bring together local businesses with recycling companies in their community. A waste to energy facility also attended to educate the attendees on the benefits this option provides for certain non-recyclable materials.
SGIA Participates in Webinar on Wisconsin Air Rule Changes for Lithographic Presses
October 15, 2019SGIA staff participated in a webinar hosted by the Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA) that addressed recent changes to the air pollution control regulations for printing operations with lithographic printing presses. The webinar focused on the rule changes, certification requirements, air permit requirements, air permitting reporting requirements, options and resources available for compliance assistance.
SGIA Participates in Spokane Workshop on Inadvertent PCBs in Pigments
October 11, 2019SGIA accepted an invitation to speak at the Inadvertently Produced PCBs in Inks and Pigments Workshop in Spokane, WA. The goal of the workshop was to explore actions to keep PCBs from entering the Spokane River from printed products produced using inks that contain inadvertent PCBs. No final approaches were identified, and work will continue on identifying options for reducing PCB discharges into the river.
Washington State Takes a Look at PFAS in Food Packaging
October 11, 2019In 2018, the Washington State legislature passed, and the Governor signed into law a program to address use of certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food packaging as of January 1, 2022, pending an alternatives assessment. The tentative scoping strategy limits the scope of the assessment to paper wraps and liners. The Department is also considering adding bags and sleeves to this scope.
Vermont Updates Its Children’s Products Reporting Requirements
October 11, 2019Vermont has revised its Chemicals of High Concern in Children’s Products Rule to disclose information about these chemicals to the Health Department. The new amendments add 20 chemicals to the CHCC list, which now contains 86 CCHC. The new provisions became effective on August 15, 2019.
US Department of Labor Issues New Overtime Regulations – Effective Jan. 1, 2020
October 11, 2019The US Department of Labor has issued a final rule establishing new overtime regulations. The rule states, that unless specifically exempted, employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must receive pay for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek at a rate not less than one and one-half their regular rates of pay.