Subject: EHS Quarterly Bulletin: April 2019

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2nd Quarter, April 2019
Seeking Nominations for the Schaffer Award 
Do you know someone who has made a world of difference for Environmental, Health, and Safety in the printing industry? If you know of a deserving EHS star in our industry, then nominate them for the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award today and make sure they are recognized for their hard work and dedication! The deadline for nominations is April 22, 2019. To learn more, access a nomination form, and view a list of previous winners, visit the Schaeffer Environmental Award page on our website.
OSHA Requests Information on the Powered Industrial Trucks Standard 
OSHA is requesting information as the Agency considers rulemaking to update the powered industrial trucks standards for general, maritime, and construction industries. 

Information requested:
  • Types, age, and usage of powered industrial trucks
  • Maintenance and retrofitting
  • How to regulate older powered industrial trucks
  • Types of accidents and injuries associated with operating these machines
  • Costs and benefits of retrofitting the machines with safety features 
  • Other components of a safety program 
Powered industrial trucks include forklifts, fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by an electrical motor or an internal combustion engine.

Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. You can also see the Federal Register notice for submission details. Comments must be submitted on or before June 10, 2019. 
EPA Bans Consumer Sales of Methylene Chloride Paint Removers, Protecting Public 
On March 15, 2019, the EPA issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint removers for consumer use. 

EPA has taken this action because of the acute fatalities that have resulted from exposure to the chemical. Paint removal products containing methylene chloride (also known as dichloromethane, chemical formula CH2Cl2) will not be allowed to be sold at any retail or distribution establishments that have consumer sales, including e-commerce sales. 

Those prohibitions start 180 days after the effective date of the final rule, providing time for establishments selling this chemical to consumers to come into compliance with the EPA's ban. 

The EPA is also requiring manufacturers, processors, and distributors to notify retailers and others in their supply chains of the prohibitions and to keep records. 

For additional information about methylene chloride and the ban, please visit
Did You Know: 
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month?
It may sound like an oxymoron (distracted driving awareness), but just one second of distraction behind the wheel is all takes to change a life forever.

During the month of April, the National Safety Council (NSC) is leading an effort to raise awareness in workplaces, homes, and communities about the dangers of distracted driving. OSHA encourages employers and workers to make safe driving a priority.

The NSC has free materials available on their website at for those of you who wish to promote safe driving practices in your places of business, or you can contact Jamie Mackay, Director of EHS Affairs, at

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