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Region 3 News Release: 07-1695-PHI (osha 07-186)
Nov. 5, 2007
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: 215-861-5102

U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA launches alliance with Graphic Arts Association

TREVOSE, Pa. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Graphic Arts Association (GAA) have joined forces to promote workplace safety and health for employees in the printing and graphic arts industries. Jean Kulp, director of OSHA's Allentown Area Office, represented the agency at a recent signing ceremony to launch the effort.

GAA is the trade association for the printing and graphics industry in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. It is the regional affiliate of the Printing Industries of America and the Graphics Arts Technical Foundation.

This alliance will provide information, guidance and access to training resources for GAA members to help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to ergonomic and noise hazards. The alliance also will address hazardous chemical and machine guarding issues, as well as lockout/tagout procedures, which are intended to prevent inadvertent machine start-ups. The alliance partners will work together to share and disseminate GAA's best safety and health practices among OSHA personnel, graphic arts industry safety and health professionals, and GAA member companies.

"People employed in the graphic arts and printing fields are exposed to a va