Gary Jones Named Environmental Health and Safety Professional of the Year
DALLAS—May 11, 2015—The Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica has named Gary Jones as the 2015 recipient of the Gary R. Reniker Environmental Health and Safety Professional of the Year Award. The award was bestowed upon Gary at the annual PIA MidAmerica Graphic Excellence Awards Gala at the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 30, 2015.
In 2005 the Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica created the Gary R. Reniker EHS Professional of the Year Award, which is given annually to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership and excellence in promoting environmental health and safety throughout the PIA MidAmerica region which includes Kansas, Missouri, Texas and Oklahoma.
Jones is the Assistant vice president of Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Affairs at the Printing Industries of America. He is considered to be one of the industry’s top regulatory experts and has helped numerous printing companies large and small in their efforts to provide safe workplaces by interfacing directly with OSHA to clarify rules and procedures in the areas of lockout/tagout, ergonomics and amputation prevention. He has also worked with various environmental agencies to assist the industry in its compliance efforts. Those agencies include: Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Mid-America Regional Council and the City of Tulsa. Gary was a driving force in establishing the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership and is a national leader in this effort. He is an accomplished author, contributing countless articles to industry publications. He holds a BS in biology from LaRoche College and an MS in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.
About the Award
The award is named after Gary R. Reniker, national safety director with INX International Ink, who passed away in 2006. Gary, along with other PIA MidAmerica personnel, developed the PrintGuard Program, a road map to helping companies in the graphic arts industry develop a comprehensive occupational safety and health program, complete with training modules for employers, employees and safety coordinators. Demonstrating their corporate commitment to worker safety and in keeping Gary’s vision alive, INX continues to sponsor the award-winning PrintGuard Program to this day.
PIA-MidAmerica (Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica) is a regional graphic arts trade association serving a diverse group of firms in Kansas, Western Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The Association provides a variety of corporate and employee benefits to nearly 500 companies and their 14,000+ employees. PIA-MidAmerica is a regional affiliate of the Printing Industries of America, the world’s largest graphic arts trade association.