The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for employee safety and health protection within the workplace. OSHA develops, implements, and enforces regulations as well as safety and health standards. OSHA works with employers and employees to reduce workplace hazards.
OSHA accomplishes its mission through effective enforcement; outreach, education, and compliance assistance; and partnerships, alliances, or other cooperative and voluntary programs.
OSHA and the Printing Industry
Virtually every printer in the United States, regardless of size, is required to comply with OSHA standards. Actual regulatory requirements depend on number of employees, site-specific operations, work practices, and processes. The first step in a compliance program is to understand which specific requirements apply. Once this is accomplished, the printing operation will have the necessary knowledge to implement the specific elements for each requirement until eventually a complete safety program is developed and incorporated as a regular component of the business operation.
Resources for OSHA Compliance
To assist in OSHA compliance efforts, the Environmental, Health, and Safety team has developed numerous resources printers can use to better understand OSHA, their regulations, and how they apply to a printing operation:
- OSHA Primer: This simple resource provides an overview of federal OSHA and general industry regulations affecting the printing industry and basic compliance information. This is a good reference tool for printers who are new to dealing with safety and OSHA regulation or those individuals who simply need a refresher.
- Hazard Communication: Here you will find information designed to assist printing operations with complying with the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) recently aligned with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).
- Citation Aftermath: Although there are many opportunities to avoid an OSHA citation and penalty, having received one does not mean the end of options for the employer.
- Combustible Dust Tip Sheet: To help keep you safe and free of any red tape, we've compiled a short tip sheet on the OSHA combustible dust citation.
- Lockout / Tagout Regulation Video: Not having a Writen Energy Control Plan (the Lockout/Tagout regulation) is one of the most-cited violations by OSHA for the printing industry. This video describes the process of creating such a plan according to OSHA guidelines.
ehs [at] printing.org (subject: OSHA%20Compliance) (Contact the EHS team today for more information about OSHA compliance.)