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S.D.S. Sheets

The SDS (Safety Data Sheet) is an important tool and should be consulted to get the latest information regarding the ingredients, correct handling, and the physical/chemical properties of any products purchased from GSG.

The SDS files are in a PDF format and can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader on the product page. These files can also be downloaded to your computer.

 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

 

Mission of OSHA 

Founded in 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established to protect the health and safety of America's workers. Please review the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

Hazard Communication Regulations

Some regulations of interest to people in the screen ink, paint and coatings industries can be found at: 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 Safety Data Sheets (SDSs).

Emergency and Fire Prevention Plans

Employee Emergency Plans and Fire Prevention Plans (29 CFR 1910.38)

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.

Protective Equipment Standards

Personal Protective Equipment Subpart I (29 CFR 1910.132 - 139) 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:

Eye and Face Protection - OSHA Standard (29 CFR 1910.133) Respiratory Protection - OSHA Standard (29 CFR 1910.134)

News from OSHA

For a list of new OSHA topics, please visit: www.osha.gov

 

SGIA  

Check out the government affairs section of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association's (SGIA) website for additional regulatory issues that may affect your screen printing operations.  www.sgia.org

ISA  

Check out the government affairs section of the International Sign Association's (ISA) website for additional regulatory issues that may affect your screen printing operations.  www.signs.org

 

Hazardous Waste - EPA  

Hazardous waste is any solid, liquid, or contained gaseous material that is no longer useable and is either recycled, thrown away, or stored until enough has been generated to treat or dispose. 

A non-hazardous waste mixed with either a characteristic or listed waste will be considered hazardous waste. 

There are two ways a waste may be identified as hazardous. The first is a waste that exhibits any of the following characteristics: 

• IGNITABLE - Inks, Solvents - Flash Point less than 140°F 
• CORROSIVE - Acids, Caustics - pH less than or equal to 2 or greater than or equal to 12.5 
• REACTIVE - Explosives, Peroxides 
• TOXIC - Metals, Pesticides, Organics 

The second way to identify a hazardous waste is if it appears on any one of the four lists of hazardous waste contained in EPA regulations. These wastes have been listed because they either exhibit one of the characteristics described above or contain any number of toxic constituents that have been shown to be harmful to health and the environment. The regulations list over 400 hazardous wastes, including waste derived from manufacturing processes and discarded commercial chemical products .  

 

Health & Safety

 

 

S.D.S. Sheets

The SDS (Safety Data Sheet) is an important tool and should be consulted to get the latest information regarding the ingredients, correct handling, and the physical/chemical properties of any products purchased from GSG.

 

The SDS files are in a PDF format and can be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader on the product page. These files can also be downloaded to your computer.