printing industry regulations

May 30, 2024

Printing industry environmental risks and compliance


Changing Regulatory and Sustainability Landscape for the Printing Industry

Join us on June 26, 2024, from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (Central Time) at the Waukesha County Technical College
Registration fee is $35

Program Agenda (Central Time)
9:30 a.m. – SGP and Green Tier Program introduction
10:00 a.m. – How to Identify Hazardous Waste in the Printing Industry
10:45 a.m. – How Sustainability Is Shaping the Printing Industry
11:30 a.m. – Update on Ozone Nonattainment Emission Reduction Credits and PM 2.5
12:15 p.m. – Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. – Overview of Environmental Compliance including Partial Tour of Printer Portal with Cheryl Moran
1:45 p.m. – Small Business Resources Available from the DNR
2:15 p.m. – Advances In Flexible Packaging Recycling (STRAP Process)
3:00 p.m. – Adjourn


Speaker Highlight: Cheryl Moran is a member and leader of the Wisconsin Printing Council and a member of the Great Lakes Graphics Association. She is presenting the 1 p.m. discussion on compliance issues and the printer portal; the regulatory portion of the changing regulatory and sustainability landscape for printers. Many changes to state and federal compliance can impact the printing industry. For example, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) impacts industrial facilities and the public. Annual reporting is due from printing and production facilities meeting a growing number of criteria – in short – more industrial and government facilities will be required to file mandatory reports in 2024 and 2025.

The emergency planning includes annual notification of hazardous chemicals present at your site to your state and local emergency planning and response organizations, and with your fire department. That information is used to help them prepare for emergencies such as chemical releases or fires and is made available to the public.

This information is disclosed through the toxics release inventory (TRI). TRI covers a variety of industries based on their NAICS code, which employs 10 full-time equivalent employees or more and stores or uses specific chemicals, including 189 PFAS.

This report is often referred to by a variety of names, including Toxics Release Inventory, TRI, SARA 313 report, Form R, or Form A. Do not be fooled by the nomenclature; these all refer to the same reporting requirement.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am

December 12, 2022

SCS Engineers


In December, the SCS Madison office hosted the Great Lakes Graphics Association’s “Women in Print” luncheon and program. The purpose of this group is to bring together “women working in a man’s world” and give them a space to share experiences, offer coaching and advice, and share examples with women of all ages. The group motivates and encourages each other to push past old gender norms and share experiences with women of all ages. It was wonderful that SCS hosted 17 women from their early 20s to women in their late 60s who were among the first to call print shops their employers.

Environmental sustainability is part of many printers’ business models. The network and GLGA provide opportunities to discuss best practices for moving in a green direction, addressing critical regulatory issues, and environmental reporting — while having many minds contributing great ideas and proven solutions.

This was the 5th meeting of the group, and we’re proud to host them, as it is challenging to find safe places to meet during COVID, RSV, and flu season.  Cheryl Moran spoke about how she grew up in print, from her coursework in college to her first job as a secretary in a print house to her evolution as an environmental, health, and safety trainer, manager, and director. She continues to offer her expertise to printers across the US while she trains and develops her team here at SCS.

It was wonderful to see everyone, especially after being virtual for so long. We look forward to hosting more Great Lakes Graphics Association events and opening our doors even wider in 2023. If you are interested in joining us, you can contact Cheryl Moran.





Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am