Founded in 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established to protect the health and safety of America’s workers. SourceOne works continually to keep its customers aware of OSHA’s policies and new government regulations.
Please review the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
Occupational Safety and Health Standards 29 CFR 1910 Regulations
Some regulations of interest for the screen ink, paint and coatings industries are: Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200)
The basic goal of a Hazard Communication Standard is to ensure that employers and employees know about work hazards and how to protect themselves; in order to reduce the incidence of chemical source illnesses and injuries. This is accomplished by requiring chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import and providing information about them through labels on shipped containers and more detailed information sheets called Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs).
The goal of the Employee Emergency and Fire Prevention Plans Standard is to provide a safe working environment and provide a plan for escape in an emergency situation.
The Personal Protective equipment standard provides regulations applied to the use of safety glasses, gloves, respirators, head and foot protection.
Two regulations that may apply to the screen ink, paint and coatings industries are:
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OSHA’s hazard communication standard requires employers to maintain a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for each hazardous chemical and to make the MSDS available to employees. Consult www.osha.gov for the latest information.
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Check out the government affairs section of Screenprinting and Graphic Imaging Association’s(SGIA) website for additional regulatory matters that may affect your screen printing operations.