OSHA and Printing, Graphic Arts Industries to Foster Ergonomics Outreach

OSHA, the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation and the Screenprinting & Graphic Imaging Association International will work together to share best practices and technical knowledge on ergonomics in an effort to foster prevention of injuries and illnesses in the printing and graphic arts industries.

"We are very pleased that these associations want to work with OSHA to make information on ergonomics best practices more widely available and more broadly implemented in their industry to promote safe and healthful working conditions for graphic communications employees," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "This alliance is the first of many we expect to sign with industries that are moving forward to address ergonomics as part of their effort to strengthen safety and health in their workplaces."

Under the alliance, the partners will work together to develop and disseminate best practices information on ergonomics at conferences, including the national print show, GraphExpo, October 6-9 in Chicago. They will make the information available in print and on their Web sites, and companies that are members of these associations will be encouraged to implement the best practices. They will also be encouraged to participate in OSHA cooperative programs such as Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

In addition, alliance members agreed to promote the national dialogue on workplace safety and health through joint outreach efforts, sharing data that support solutions to ergonomic hazards and convening and participating in forums and round table discussions to identify innovative solutions to ergonomic issues in the printing and graphic arts industry. Finally, participants will develop and deliver training and education programs for workers in the graphic arts industry.

To implement the alliance, a team representing each organization will meet quarterly. The implementation team will establish working procedures, identify roles and responsibilities under the alliance, and track, analyze and share information on activities and results.

The alliance has a one-year term. The agreement can be automatically renewed annually.

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