Bone Up on Environmental Awareness/Compliance at NEHS Spring '03

Eighth Annual National Environmental, Health, and Safety Conference (NEHS) for the Graphic Communications Industries
March 23 - 25, 2003, Hyatt Regency, Louisville, KY, USA

RONKONKOMA, NY, USA—A collaborative effort of five print industry organizations—Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association (FFTA), Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), Gravure Association of America (GAA); Screen Printing and Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA); and National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM)—the NEHS Conference covers environmental, health, and safety issues for the entire printing industry. Composed of two general and a total of 16 breakout sessions, discussions at the upcoming conference will cover a variety of topics, including ergonomics; toxic release inventory; test methods; injury and illness reporting; effective health and safety programs; permanent total enclosures; air sampling; calculating your emissions; and more.

Says Doreen Monteleone, PhD, director of membership and environmental services for FTA and this year's conference chair: "Many of these seminars overlap among the different print processes. A flexo printer produces many of the same hazardous wastes as a screen printer. So if we have a topic covering handling of disposal of hazardous waste, it doesn't matter what type of printer you are." Monteleone adds the NEHS is not like many conferences. "It's a laid-back, friendly kind of event.…It's not that you're there to produce a better product than your competitor. Rather, you're trying to overcome the same environmental issues and your fellow printer."

Registration is available through GATF. Conference costs are $495 (US) for FTA members and $695 (US) for non-members. Special discounts apply for government employees, educators, students, and small businesses. More information is available by calling 631/737-6020. Visit the official conference site at

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