Seventh Annual NEH&S Conference Addresses EPA Ozone Standard
Thursday, September 27, 2001
Pittsburgh, Pa., September 11, 2001 —The new record keeping standard for injuries and illnesses issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will affect all printers. Speakers at the seventh annual National Environmental, Health and Safety Conference (NEH&S) for the Graphic Communications Industries will address these issues and many more. Being held March 17–19, 2002 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, the NEH&S Conference is the only national event designed for those responsible for environmental health and safety compliance, regardless of printing processes (lithography, flexography, gravure, and screen printing). John Seitz, director, office of air planning and quality standards for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) will present one of two planned general sessions. Seitz will discuss the impact that the Supreme Court’s ruling on the new ozone and particulate matter will have on air pollution permit and control programs for printers. The second general session will be presented by Marcia Y. Kinter, vice president–government affairs for the Screenprinting and Graphic Imaging Association International (SGIA), and Frederick A. Hartwig, an environmental, health, and safety specialist for GATF, and will alert attendees to what is on the horizon for EPA and OSHA activities. Attendees will be able to choose four of 20 breakout sessions being offered—some tailored to specific printing processes and others designed for all types of printers. Environmental topics include how to conduct an environmental assessment, inks and cleaning solvents, TRI reporting requirements, air emissions calculations, air issues, and general pollution prevention. Safety topics include safety in the pressroom, ergonomics, OSHA record keeping, inks/solvents flammability, machine guarding, and OSHA assessment and metrics. Attendees will also be able to fulfill mandatory training requirements for the Department of Transportation (DOT), Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA), and Hazmat Training. Offered as pre-conference sessions, the training courses are tailored to the needs of the graphic communications industries. Additionally, Gary Jones, GATF’s manager of environmental, health, and safety affairs, and Ms. Kinter will co-present an annual introductory compliance primer program on EPA and OSHA requirements at a pre-conference workshop. Designed for the person new to environmental and safety activities, this review of the basics prepares attendees to get maximum benefit from the event. With over 350 attendees in 2001, the NEH&S Conference is the largest industry event of its kind. Recognizing the similar problems faced by all printers regardless of printing process, the event is a combined effort of five organizations: Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA), Gravure Association of America (GAA), the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM), and the Screenprinting and Graphic Imaging Association International (SGIA). Many additional groups ranging from local printing associations to national specialty institutions are expected to support the conference. Members of sponsoring organizations qualify for a $200 discount; registration for nonmembers is $695. Registrants from plants with 1-20 employees are eligible for a special small printers reduced registration rate of $250. To register, contact GATF by phoning 800/910-GATF ext. 200.