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Occupational Safety and Health Administration 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 Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs).

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 ink, paint and coatings industries are:
Eye and Face Protection - OSHA Standard (29 CFR 1910.133)
Respiratory Protection - OSHA Standard (29 CFR 1910.134)


MSDS Sheets


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 for the latest information.

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