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- Older equipment has never been “grandfathered” by OSHA. Under the OSHA guarding regulations, all equipment, regardless of when it was built, must have all hazard areas properly guarded. It is not the responsibility of the equipment manufacturer to ensure that equipment meets OSHA’s machine guarding standards. For more information on machine guarding requirements, review our OSHA Primer (free to members) and What you Need to Know for Safe Equipment Operation Guide.
3. What are the requirements for making “green and sustainability” claims?
- Being “green and sustainable” is more than a single action or only promoting and using recycled paper. Sustainability means that the entire facility, operations, processes, personnel, and products are being touched by environmentally sound practices and policies. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has specific guidelines for making environmental claims. General environmental benefit claims need to be specific and backed up by quantifiable information and the use of certifications and seals must be backed up with information on how a company qualifies. The Green Guides also specify requirements for particular environmental claims, including recyclability, renewable energy use, and ozone-friendly product claims. For more information check out the FTC’s Green Guides and our article Greenwashing: Combatting Its Effect On The Printing Industry written by Printing Industries of America staff.
4. What are the new training and labeling requirements of OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication standard?
- The new Hazard Communication standard requires that all hazard chemical labels include the use of Product Identifier, Signal Word (such as DANGER), Hazard Statement, Pictogram, Precautionary Statement, and manufacturer contact information. Printing operations must update hazard communication programs and conduct employee training to reflect the new changes. The first deadline for initial employee training is December 1, 2013. Visit our http://www.printing.org/hazcomwebpage for more information on the new Standard and guidance for meeting the new requirements (member login required). There are also new Safety, Know It! Live It! posters to display these guidelines (free for members).
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