Environmental, Health & Safety
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Printing Occupational Injury/Illness Continue Downward Trend
Workplace injuries and illnesses in printing operations are declining. The latest statistics available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that the total number of workplace injuries and illnesses are down 1,000 reported incidents from 2020 to 2021. Much of the reduction was due to a …
PFAS Dominating Federal and State Environmental Actions
The pressure is being turned up on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at both the state and federal level with legislation and regulation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed several regulations aimed at reducing exposure to PFAS, and several states have recently enacted …
It’s Time to Update Policies for Pregnant, Postpartum, and Nursing Employees: A Summary of New Laws
At the end of 2022, Congress passed two new laws that provide workplace accommodation and protections to pregnant employees and nursing mothers. Existing laws such as the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provide …
America’s Growing List of States with Comprehensive Consumer Data Privacy Laws
In the absence of a federal law, states have been fervently introducing and passing comprehensive consumer data privacy laws. These laws impose new obligations on businesses and provide residents of these states with new rights regarding the collection and use of their personal information. Innovation …
EPA to Ban Most Uses of Methylene Chloride Including Printing Industry Applications
Using its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a new rule for methylene chloride that would ban its use for all, but a few applications based on its effect on human health. The new rule would require a relatively quick phaseout …
Attention Clark County, NV Printers - Clark County, Wants You to Participate
Clark County, Nevada, is in the process of developing air pollution control regulations that will directly impact printing operations in the county. County regulators are interested in feedback from printing companies about the new rules. If you are located in Clark County, learn how you can participate …
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Environmental Compliance Support
We are here to help! All printing operations have environmental compliance obligations, at federal and state levels. Contact PRINTING United Alliance for up to date information on your specific state requirements for air, hazardous waste, wastewater and stormwater requirements.
Fact Sheet: New York’s Regulations on Stand-Alone Printing Cleaning Equipment
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) issued a letter to PRINTING United Alliance on July 6, 2021, providing much needed guidance on how stand-alone press cleaning machines will be regulated under the NYSDEC code. The equipment
in question is commonly found in screen, flexographic, and rotogravure operations and used to clean screens, flexographic plates, flexographic plates mounted to cylinders, anilox rolls, ink, and press components such as coating application components,
ink, and coating trays, etc. The letter from NYSDEC now ensures that printing operations in New York will continue to be allowed to use this equipment as they were almost prohibited from being used.
Download this fact sheet for more information on how NYSDEC now regulates stand-alone printing cleaning equipment.
Anti-Microbial Coatings Fact Sheet
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a renewed interest in anti-microbial coatings as one method to help stop the spread of the virus. While anti-microbial coatings are not new, their use during the COVID-19 pandemic has increased as new ones have been developed
and are being deployed. Anti-
microbial coatings are highly regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) so those who want to use them need to be aware of the requirements.
Members can Download this fact sheet fact sheet and watch this video for an introduction and basic background information on the types of anti-microbials, how they work, an overview of EPA’s regulations, and what marketing claims are allowed by EPA.
Federal and State Environmental Agency Regulations
PRINTING United Alliance is your advocate before federal and state environmental agencies. Since the late 1980s, we have been working to ensure that all regulations -- air, waste and water -- that are adopted reflect the technologies used by our industry
Over the last 20 years our industry has made great strides in reducing its environmental footprint. Current and near-term regulations, as well as pollution prevention and waste minimization practices, have contributed to this phenomenon.
PrUA stands ready to help you understand the environmental issues you face on a daily basis. Contact Marci Kinter or Gary Jones with your questions at Government Affairs.
- EPA's Toxic Substances Control Act
If you use, manufacture, supply or import chemicals, you need to be aware of changes the U.S. EPA is making that will impact you. Check with PRINTING United Alliance for the latest updates regarding new programs under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).
- Air Permitting Issues
Do you use products containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs)? Do you operate print equipment? States require all facilities to determine if air permitting is required. Do you know yours? Contact us for a quick look at your state’s requirements.
- Air Pollution Control Regulations
Your facility doesn’t have to be in California to need to worry about reducing air emissions. Do you know if your state regulates what you put into the air? Contact us for a look at what your state has implemented.
- Hazardous Waste
All facilities generate hazardous waste. How much you generate determines what you need to do. Do you know your generator status? And what requirements might apply to you? And, yes, used shop towels need to be considered as well. Contact us to learn more about what PRINTING United Alliance has to offer to help you along this pathway.
EHS Consulting Services
PRINTING United Alliance has a hand-picked team of many talented third-party consultants to provide expertise on environmental health and safety regulation compliance right to your door.
Whether you are just starting out and need help creating written policies and programs, assistance creating an effective training program, advice on an OSHA citation, or you want to improve any aspect of your current environmental health and safety plans, our consultants are here for you.
We Can Help You with All of Your EHS Requests
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): We can help you navigate through OSHA citations, prevent violations from occurring, guide you through what to expect in an OSHA audit, etc.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Need guidance on complying with your federal, state, and local agencies’ requirements? Look no further. Our consultants can help with compliance with air emissions, wastewater, storm water discharges, hazardous and solid waste, and community right-to-know requirements.
Department of Transportation (DOT): If you ship more than a specific amount of hazardous materials, your company needs to register with the DOT. Employees handling any amount of DOT hazardous materials or signing an EPA Hazardous Waste Manifest, must receive training every three years.