FAIRFIELD, OH – The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) recently conducted a plant evaluation at Color Resolutions International, an international packaging ink company focused on water-based and UV flexo inks for corrugated, flexible packaging, envelopes, tags and labels, and folding cartons. THe mission: sort out complicated regulations and assess how well CRI is meeting them.
Included in the review were OSHA regulations governing health and safety, as well as various federal and state regulations governing water, air and waste disposal issues; as well as, hazard communication, personal protective equipment use, industrial equipment such as forklifts and machinery, illness and injury records, water permits, VOC emissions permits and disposal of hazardous waste.
“We already knew there is zero waste water discharge in our ink manufacturing process, that recordable accidents were extremely low, the plant is extremely clean and the work environment is designed to reduce employee exposure to any chemicals,” said George Sickinger, CEO and president of CRI.
To find out what else can be done, CRI called upon George Fuchs, director of regulatory affairs and technology at NAPIM, inviting him to the Fairfield, Ohio ink manufacturing plant to conduct a plant evaluation. CRI did find from Fuchs’ report confirmation that it has a highly automated manufacturing process that minimizes or eliminates both employee exposures and environmental impact, and has state-of-the-art materials handling techniques, which reduce the risk of employee injuries.
“Through the course of my program evaluation, it was obvious that careful attention was given to safeguarding employee health and safety and minimizing environmental impact during the design phase for the now seven-year-old CRI plant. But the primary driver for the success of the CRI program is its top down management commitment and involvement,” stated Fuchs.