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Printech Archives, March 1998: Re: P2 & Industrial Hygiene Data Kept

Re: P2 & Industrial Hygiene Data Kept

Wayne Pferdehirt (
Tue, 10 Mar 1998 14:31:12 CST

A couple of items come to mind:

1. It is my understanding that the Subsprint project in Europe
which sought to increase the use of vegetable-based
cleaning agents in lieu of organic solvents, was initiated primarily
because of worker health concerns by the printers' unions.

2. I am not aware of any printers who have tracked worker health and
safety gains from pollution prevention. However, I recently judged
the nominations for the Wisconsin Governor's Awards in Excellence for
Hazardous Waste Reduction, and one company documented H&S saving from
their P2 programs. The nominee, the Kohler Company, had developed a
lead-free baked enamel. The total estimated annual savings of
$384,000 from this improvement included $48,000 from reduced blood
lead monitoring and $8,700 in reduced industrial hygiene monitoring.
These savings are, of course, in addition to any actual health and
safety improvements experienced by workers.

> I'm interested in the impact of pollution prevention programs on
> worker exposure to toxic chemcials. Is anyone aware of a printer
> who has implemented a pollution prevention program and regularly
> keeps industrial hygiene data?


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