COVID-19 Safety Updates
SGIA is consistently updating this page as we receive news. For questions or more information, reach out to the Government Affairs Department at email@example.com.
Updated April 7, 2020 @ 12:20 PM
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new poster listing steps all workplaces can take to reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus. The goal is to help educate and protect America's workers and employers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The poster highlights 10 infection prevention measures every employer can implement to protect workers' safety and health during the coronavirus pandemic. Safety measures include encouraging sick workers to stay home; establishing flexible worksites and staggered work shifts; discouraging workers from using other workers' phones, desks and other work equipment; and using Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals with label claims against the coronavirus.
All printing operations are encouraged to download the poster, hang it in the workplace, and follow the practice identified in it.
For more information on safe work practices, sanitizing the workplace, and other information on how to address the situation visit SGIA’s Coronavirus Resource Page.
Updated April 6, 2020 @ Noon
OSHA Issues Guidance For Respiratory Protection During N95 Shortage Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued interim enforcement guidance to help combat supply shortages of disposable N95 filtering face piece respirators (N95 FFRs). The action marks the department’s latest step to ensure the availability of respirators and follows President Donald J. Trump’s Memorandum on Making General Use Respirators Available.
Due to the impact on workplace conditions caused by limited supplies of N95 FFRs, employers should reassess their engineering controls, work practices and administrative controls to identify any changes they can make to decrease the need for N95 respirators.
Gary A. Jones is the director of environmental, health and safety (EHS) affairs at the Specialty Graphic and Imaging Association in Fairfax, VA. His primary responsibility is to monitor and analyze EHS regulatory activities at all domestic and some international government levels. He provides representation on behalf of the printing and specialty graphic imaging industry.