Health and Safety Survey of the George Banta Printing Company, Menasha, Wisconsin, Preliminary Report.
On several occasions, Sheldon Samuels, industrial union department, AFL -CIO, and William Schroeder, vice-president of the graphic arts international union, proposed the possibility of developing a cooperative project addressed at a specific work population, namely, the printing industry. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recognized the potential value of such a pilot effort and thus the Banta study was conceived. Ideally, such a study should be designed in such a manner that, after studying a select population, the findings could be disseminated across the nation to all like exposed employers and employees. The George Banta Printing Co., employing 1400, was selected as an excellent setting for this project for the following reasons: (1) It was a large plant with examples of all types of printing operations present; (2) Management was cooperative; (3) The union had excellent relationship with management and was willing to cooperate in correcting safety and health problems. NIOSH was asked to provide its support to the