Frank Barnett of Anderson Litho is Recipient of Schaeffer Award
Press release from the issuing company
Pittsburgh, Pa., October 15, 2003 — The Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF) has announced Frank C. Barnett of Anderson Lithograph, Los Angeles, California, as the recipient of its 2003 William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award. The award, named for former GATF research director and pioneering environmental advocate William Schaeffer, recognizes individuals who have unselfishly made significant contributions toward environmental awareness, education, and best practices in the printing and graphic communications industry.
A proven executive manager with more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Barnett is director, manufacturing systems, environmental health and safety services, facilities management, and CoGeneration operations for Anderson Litho. He has been with Anderson since 1990, and his tenure includes such accomplishments as the successful development of a plant-wide plan to minimize process byproduct wastes and a program to eliminate/replace chemicals utilizing CFCs, toluene, benzene, trichloroethane, and the like. Because of Barnett, Anderson Litho now uses an HVAC system with unique features that provide for total enclosure of, and a slight negative pressure within, the plant. This provides an effective way to capture and eliminate fugitive emissions from operations at no addition capital investment or operating cost.
Barnett is well known as a leading advocate for the printing industry in California on state and local environmental issues. Barnett’s ongoing advocacy takes the form of both personal initiatives and participation with Printing Industries of California and the California Film Extruders and Converters Association.
As nominator Gerry Bonetto, vice president, government affairs, Printing Industries of California, said, “Barnett’s accomplishments demonstrate that throughout his career he has encouraged and implemented innovative environmental controls that have reduced health hazards within his company—and, by example, the printing industry.”
While numerous activities attest to Barnett’s dedication to creating and fostering an open working relationship and a model of cooperation between regulators and printers, the following accomplishments are especially notable:
Establishment of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) training. Over the past 15 years, Barnett and Anderson Litho have been the “school” where more than 60 rule developers and inspectors learn about the printing process and its underlying technologies, then use the knowledge as a basis for crafting or enforcing state and federal air requirements.
Printer-friendly resolution of emission recordkeeping issues. Barnett participated with Printing Industries of California as a spokesman and technical expert to favorably resolve issues with SCAQMD regarding VOC emissions record-keeping methods.
Authorship of Technical Bulletins available for both industry and regulatory agency representatives. SCAQMD used one bulletin about ultraviolet inks and another about waterless printing as basis documents for some of its final technology assessments, specifically referencing both bulletins.
Participation in a shop towel solvent retention study. Data presented by Anderson Lithograph and R.R. Donnelley and Sons showed that a significant percentage of solvent remains in shop towels used in hand cleanup operations. Based on this data, SCAQMD allowed printers to deduct 40% of their cleanup solvent usage from their annual emissions inventory.
Barnett will be honored at a luncheon, Saturday, November 15, 2003, at the La Mansion Del Rio, San Antonio, Texas. The engraved Schaeffer Environmental Award plaque will be presented to him at this time.
William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award Background
Sponsored by the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award was established in 1990. It is named for environmental pioneer and researcher Dr. William Schaeffer (1922–2003), who was director of GATF Research Department activities for 20 years before retiring in 1989. Schaeffer was widely known and respected for his ongoing environmental advocacy and leadership in providing a rational perspective for environmental regulators and in developing environmentally sound practices for the printing and graphic communications industry.
Nominations for the Schaeffer Award must show how a candidate’s career and volunteer activities have:
Significantly increased the knowledge of both the printing industry and regulatory agencies about the environmental effects of the materials and processes used in printing and finishing operations.
Promoted a wholesome and active graphic arts image by addressing and mitigating regulatory and public concerns about the environmental impact of graphic arts operations.
Encouraged better environmental controls and reduced health hazards within the printing industry.
Helped the industry cope with a growing volume of EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations.
Other criteria consider a nominee’s pioneering efforts, original developments, and investment of time and personal and organizational resources that result in cost savings, more reasonable regulations, improved community relations, and a more wholesome workplace.
Nominees do not have to be GATF/PIA members and nominations are judged by past Schaeffer Award recipients and other industry leaders.
For more information on how to submit a nomination for the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award contact the GATF marketing department at 800-910-4283.
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