Experts in the Environmental, Health, and Safety Department want to keep you aware of regulations that you need to know about. See the list below for more information on how to address these regulations in your print business.
The CPSIA law was passed in 2008 in response to numerous high-profile recalls of imported and domestically produced children's toys that contained excessive levels of lead and other possible toxic chemicals. The passing of the CPSIA greatly expanded the authority of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and allowed them to begin regulating potentially hazardous children's products by establishing safe levels for lead and phthalates (chemicals used to make plastics soft). The law established the following three requirements that are relevant to printing operations and their customers: testing and certification of compliance for lead content in all children's products, testing and certification of compliance for certain phthalates in specific children's products, and inclusion of "tracking labels" on all children's products.
The Department of Transportation (DOT)
The DOT area that covers the printing industry is the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). PHMSA establishes regulations that ensure the safe and secure movement of hazardous materials by all transportation modes, including the nation's pipelines. Since printers can be "shippers" of hazardous materials, they need to understand the registration and meet the training requirements for employees involved in the management of hazardous materials.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
The responsibility of DHS is to protect the American people and country from many different threats. The one area where DHS affects printers and their operations is the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard, which is a risk-based performance standard aimed at facilities that store certain chemicals above specific thresholds.