Most respondents to SGIA's recent survey, 2007 Safety Initiatives, said they didn't have injuries on the job and currently have safety programs in place. According to the respondents, these programs included the use of protective equipment (78.7 percent), safety rules (70.8 percent), safety training (58.8 percent), safety posters (56.2 percent) and regular safety meetings (46.4 percent).

"It's great to see that so many shops have developed safety programs," said SGIA's Business Information Associate, Katy Lellelid.

The survey ran online from late August - September, 2007. Questions covered safety programs, injury causes and production impact. More than 260 imagers participated in the survey, and were primarily from the United States. Participants also represented Canada, Mexico, South Korea, India, Europe, Caribbean, Middle East and Asia.

"I hope that any company in the industry, with or without these programs, can use the survey results to make their workplace safer," Lellelid said.

SGIA offers several tools to help foster safety in the specialty imaging community. The Right to Know/PPE Training Program DVD is an employee training aid for specialty graphic imaging companies and can be purchased online at, Keyword: RTKDVD. SGIA also offers a series of posters and articles highlighting safety issues in the workplace that are free to members and available online at, Keyword: SafetyPoster. A new series of posters and articles will be available in December.

The survey summary is online at and available to all interested parties; members can access the full survey report free of charge, online at, Keyword: Surveys in late November, 2007.

Editors note: If you feel you would like to improve safety in your shop, it may benefit you to contact the local SGIAA as membership there will entitle you to reciprocal membership of the SGIA in the US. You can learn a great deal about implementing a safety program from both organisations.

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