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Welcome to Printing Industries of America’s Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Affairs page.

Our EHS Affairs Department is staffed with a team of dedicated professionals who have extensive experience within the printing industry, the necessary skills to deal with the regulatory agencies, and the understanding of how their rules apply to printing operations. Our staff also has abundant experience with green initiatives and sustainability standards and how their application can benefit printers and address customer demands.

This unique combination presents a powerful resource to represent the industry and provide accurate and timely answers, support, and assistance. It is our goal to provide you with effective and efficient assistance to give you the ability to concentrate on the business of doing business.

Each year, the EHS Affairs team continuously monitors and engages regulatory agencies at the federal, state, and local levels and responds to more than 1,500 individual inquiries providing representation, information, and assistance. We are able to provide quick answers to basic questions as well as offer more comprehensive services if required, such as consulting, establishing a sustainability program, or conducting employee training.

Our EHS Affairs team also plays a vital role in shaping the actual regulations that impact the printing industry from federal, state, and local agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). When regulations are proposed that would affect the printing industry, the staff takes action by educating the agency about the impact on the industry and negotiating changes toward a reasonable balance. To help reduce the printer’s cost when meeting existing regulations, we work with the agencies to obtain favorable conditions, requirements, and interpretations as well as to establish reduced regulatory burdens. Think of us as your partner and voice with environmental, health, and safety issues.

In addition, our EHS team is able to address the growing demand for sustainable green printing, which is a result of customer requests, concerns of “greenwashing,” and unsubstantiated claims. Our EHS staff has helped numerous members sort through the confusion to identify valid and practical program elements. The green revolution has also resulted in many opportunities to save money, reduce material usage, and increase customer preference.

Member Hotline — Give us a call at 800-910-4283 ext. 794 or send an email to ehs (at) printing.org with your questions for technical assistance on a variety of environmental, safety, or sustainability issues.

Member Listserv — This email networking forum (or “listserv”) is for U.S. and Canadian members that are involved with sustainability and regulatory affairs. Verification of membership is required. To join email the EHS Department by clicking here and include your name, title, company, address, and phone number. Check out this Blog entry for more information about the listserv!

Articles — We are always writing about EHS, regulatory, and other issues for our member publication, The Magazine. Many of the articles are available in the appropriate topic area in the EHS Web pages.

Compliance Assistance – Understanding your legal compliance obligations is only the first step. You need to put in place programs to meet and maintain continuous compliance, and our team can help you accomplish that goal. See our EPA, OSHA, DOT Compliance Page for more information.

Green and Sustainability — Never before in the history of the printing industry has sustainability been so important for long-term success. Our Green and Sustainability page has information on how you can start or continue your journey and critical information on how to market that success to your customers.

Consulting — Sometimes a phone call or email is not enough and you need personalized service to solve your challenges. See our Consulting page for a complete description of our consulting services.

Training — Training is the cornerstone of your compliance and green program and we have them all. See our Training page for a complete description of our training services.

Meet the Staff – Learn more about the experts in the Printing Industries of America Environmental, Health, and Safety Department.

As you explore the EHS Affairs area, if you do not find what you need, please let us know. You can contact us by clicking here.

Published on Monday, December 10, 2012 (updated 06/10/2016)

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