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FLEXO Magazine : Sustainable EOY 2009
The perennial session, "On the Radar Screen," will cover what is on the regulatory horizon for the printing industry. You will hear what you need to know as you navigate environmen- tal, safety, health and human resource issues. With the intense focus on sustainability and being "green" it is essential that companies have an in-depth understand- ing of the rules covering what someone can and cannot say about a product regarding its environmental friendliness. The "Environmental Marketing" presentation will help attendees understand what the ground rules are for promoting the "green" aspects of your product and provide a discussion and update on the Federal Trade Commission's revision to the "Green Guides". Three certified SGP Printers will provide an open discus- sion of their efforts and activities related to becoming certified by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, as well as their experiences and observations on the benefits and values of the SGP certification. Jay Downey of FTA member-company C & H Packaging will represent the flexo industry. Responding to Congress's health care bills, will be no easy task for any employer. What does the final result mean for em- ployers and employees? A general session presentation will cover how a company should respond with regards to health care plan design and other health care related benefits. At- tendees will become familiar with key questions to ask when assessing a firm's options in this most important session. BREAKOUTS X 10 Ten exciting 90-minute breakout sessions will focus on emerging issues for the environmental, safety and health and human resource professional. They will explore diverse topics--all the more reason to try to bring several people from your company! • Employee Safety-Engagement -- While a lot has been written on employee engagement in the past 10 years, the relevance to safety is new. Employees and teams with high engagement levels have consistently been shown to have fewer accidents, and lower cost workers comp claims than those with low engagement. Plus, their productivity and efficiency have been proven to be much higher. This session will cover how to measure, create and maintain high levels of employee engage- ment at a facility. • Sustainability Goals and Objectives -- Whether a com- pany is seeking recognition as a SGP Printer or wants to improve its sustainability profile, setting clear goals and objectives is paramount to continue on the sustainability journey. Goals are long-term aims that state the intended result important to the organization's success. Objectives are specific, quantifiable, achievable targets that mea- sure the accomplishments toward goals over a specific period of time. In this session, attendees will learn how to set goals and objectives and hear about the goals and objectives of a certified SGP Printer. • OSHA National Emphasis Program -- WARNING! - OSHA's National Emphasis Programs (NEP) on Amputa- tion Prevention and Combustible Dust continue to target printers for inspections at a surprising rate. This session will cover in "plain language" what these programs mean to printers, what OSHA will be looking for and how to prepare ahead of an inspection. • Greenhouse Gas Emissions -- The regulatory landscape is changing. The U.S. EPA has released its first green- house gas reporting rule, and states have already moved forward and adopted their own. The presenters in this session will focus on the ins and outs of reporting require- ments, both federal and state, as well as a general overview of carbon footprinting. • Lean and Green, a Love Connection -- This session will address the road map for printing lean and green. Showing what it means to be sustainable while also demonstrating the link between sustainability and lean manufacturing, the benefits and typical results. • Reducing Your Workers Comp Costs Through Effec- tive Management and Safety Programs -- A high dollar claim or lots of little ones can wreak havoc on workers compensation experience rating. Find out how to bring this cost under control through a variety of measures, including proper industry classification, claims and risk management, safety programs and education bench- marking to key metrics, and more. • Reduce, Reuse and Recycle -- The most powerful means to reduce an environmental footprint are to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Asking the question provides the roadmap for reduction. Printers will present case studies about strategies they took that impacted their bottom line, in more ways than one. • CPSIA -- What It Means to You! - The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), passed in 2008, regu- lates lead and phthalate content in children's products sold in the United States. Because of the far-reaching and potentially expensive nature of this legislation and www.flexomag.com END OF YEAR 2009 Sustainable FLEXO 7 All art courtesy Global Packaging Inc. --- FTA's 1st certified Sustainable Green Printer.