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FLEXO Magazine : January 2010
44 FLEXO JANUARY 2010 www.flexography.org • The primary purpose of machine guards is to protect against nip points in the rotating shafts and rollers. • Any time there is a maintenance issue, such as a breakdown in a print station, the lock out will put the press in a zero-energy state. • A procedure should be established for proper doctor blade handling, and this document should reference the use of cut-resistant gloves. • At minimum, a company should be addressing safety and health issues once a month. PLANTS & PROCESSES There is no flexographic printing/converting facility in the world completely devoid of any safety or health risks. That is not to say that flexography is a hazardous occupation. Instead, it's an acknowledgement of the reality of the process. That being said, there are numerous OSHA (Oc- cupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations that apply to the flexo printing environment. While few, if any, facili- ties operate grossly out of compliance with OSHA standards, there are some basic safety and health concerns that should be taught to anyone new to the industry, and frequently rein- forced among even the most seasoned veterans. Flexo Safety Primer Core Issues Common to the Print Environment By Ryan Smith
Sustainable EOY 2009