The National Environmental Health & Safety Conference takes place March 16-19, 2009 in Indianapolis. The conference will focus on how to become a Sustainable Green Printer (SGP) and best practices to create a safe, cost-effective and employee-friendly work environment. How printing peers are championing sustainability in the workplace will also be discussed.
The conference will span all printing processes, from commercial printing to specialty printing and flexographic printing. General sessions, roundtable discussions and half-day in-depth pre-conference workshops will cover topics such as:
Responsible Sourcing: Inks, Chemicals, Substrates, Oh My! This session is for those that are confused or are just not yet familiar with terms like VOC and phthalate free. Knowing exactly what environmentally friendly means can help printers source inks and other materials that are green. The session will focus on questions printers can ask suppliers to make responsible decisions.
Understanding Green Paper Choices With all the info about green paper floating around, it can be hard to decide on which paper is best for individual printers. This breakout session will sort through environmental issues surrounding paper and will help printers pick the paper that meets both the printer’s and customer’s requirements. State-of-the-art liquid toners, adhesives and other new eco-friendly materials will be covered.
Meeting Environmental and Safety Compliances Robert Fricke will focus on the SGP criteria element of printer developing a formal written plan that will determine its Environmental Health. The session will also cover Safety Compliance requirements and any new updates to changes in compliance.
Establishing Sustainability Metrics Mark Hammond of Drinkwater, Biddle & Reath LLP will talk about calculations of air emissions, water usage and energy usage. These numbers are key to understanding a printing facility’s baseline and setting key environmental goals and targets. Participants should bring calculators, MSCSs, energy bills and water bills. This is serious folks! You’ll be able to calculate your sustainability metrics right there at the conference.
The State of Sustainability in Graphic Communications The results of the first sustainability survey were revealed last year by Reed Business Information. In 2008, only 14% of printing and packaging companies had a formal sustainability policy. Bill Esler from Graphic Arts Monthly, which is published by Reed, will share the results of this year’s survey and how sustainability has changed in the past 12 months for printing and packaging companies.
What to expect from the SGP certification process will also be covered during a breakout session. This is a great way to learn what printers have to undergo during an SGP audit. Potential obstacles to obtaining SGP certification will also be discussed.
Registration and Costs Lots of good info will be presented during the conference, and there’s still time to sign up. Register by Feb. 20 and you can save $100. Members of the Flexographic Technical Association, Printing Industries of America, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association or National Association of Printing Ink Manufactuers pay $595.
Non-members pay $995.
Educators, students, governments and companies with less than 20 employees pay $395.
Pre-conference workshops are $95 for members and $190 for non-members for each.
You can register at http://www.nehsconference.org.