Once again it is time to register for IPANA’s Spring Conference. This event will be held at The Meritage Resort and Spa “Compound” that includes: Meritage Resort and Spa, Vino Bella Resort and Vista Collina Resort on April 29 – May 1, 2019. Featured speakers at this event include a keynote presentation by Roland Strassburger, CEO of Schuetz GbmH & Co. and Bill Schoonover, Associate Administrator of PHMSA. Our special guest is Elizabeth Schneider, founder of the Wine for Normal People podcast who will discuss the business of wine. Click here for registration details.
The Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) will celebrate their 75th anniversary in 2019. In recognition of this important milestone, ISDI has created a special 75th anniversary logo. The logo can be viewed on the ISDI website. As part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary, ISDI will be hosting a special reception for all IPANA members and invited guests on the Vineyard Deck at the Meritage Resort and Spa during the IPANA Spring Conference. This event will take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
IPANA welcomed two new members in 2019. Our newest associate member is Merco Machines NV based in Belgium. Merco Machines NV will be affiliated with the Industrial Steel Drum Institute. Mr. Jeroen Bracquez is the point of contact for Mecro Machine NV. Our newest manufacturer member is Core Plastech International. Core Plastech International will be affiliated with the Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Association . Mr. Mahavir Mutha is the point of contact for Core Plastech International. We look forward to their participation and officially welcoming them at our Spring meeting in Napa, California.
IPANA is a sponsor of the second Industrial Pack event to be held in Atlanta, GA. at the Cobb Galleria on March 27-28, 2019. Mr. Kyle Stavig, Chairman of IPANA, has once again been invited to deliver the opening address on the state of the industrial packaging industry. New this year will be four technical training sessions conducted by IPANA’s experts Mr. Chris Lind, formerly of Mauser USA LLC, who will lead the seminars concerning the basics and use of steel drums, plastic drums and IBCs; and Mr. Paul Griffin of Lyondell Basel on polyethylene resin. These four training sessions are an expansion of the successful webinar format developed by the Industrial Steel Drum Institute (ISDI) for TRANSCAER® in 2018.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Agency (PHMSA) recently published a notice of enforcement policy regarding international standards. This notice concerns the use of specific international rules governing international movements of hazardous materials. The notice stated that PHMSA will recognize as valid the 2019-2020 ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of DG by Air and Amendment 39-18 of the IMO Dangerous Goods Code. While PHMSA has not formally decided to accept these new requirements, PHMSA stated that they “will not take enforcement action against any offeror or carrier…” who uses these rules.
On December 21, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a determination stating that the federal rest-break laws pre-empt California’s separate meal-and-rest-break requirements. A victory for several trucking industry groups including the American Trucking Association (ATA),.who had petitioned the agency requesting this action. After a 30-day comment period, which resulted in 700 public remarks, FMCSA determined that California’s rules are burdensome to drivers and decrease productivity. Administrator Raymond Martinez stated that if each state proceeded to issue their own rules it would create an unproductive patchwork of regulations. According to Martinez, “It is not an effective or fair way to regulate the industry. I think we’re making the right decision today.”
OSHA has issued their final rule on the “Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.” According to the rule, the requirement for manufacturers to submit OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Injury Report) to OSHA every year has been eliminated. Employers are still required to submit Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). The form will also include a collection of Employer Identification Numbers. Elimination of forms 300 and 301 alleviates concerns about employee privacy and identity. However, employers are still required to maintain these forms on-site and will be required by OSHA on an as-needed basis during inspections and enforcement actions. OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses) for calendar year 2018 is due March 2, 2019.
OSHA is adjusting their civil penalties for violations of workplace safety and health standards in line with inflation for 2019. The new penalties for willful and repeat violations is $132,598 per violation; serious, other-than-serious, and posting requirements are $13,260 per violation; and failure to abate violations are $13,260 per day beyond the abatement date.
The National Safety Council is an organization dedicated to promoting safety and health in the United States. Recently the NSC published an online version of the Injury Facts reference book for safety statistics. Their free resource includes a section on workplace safety that includes work-related injury and fatality trends, and how to benchmark an organization’s injury and illness incidence rates with national averages.
People, Places & Things
Bill Carteaux, the longtime head of the Plastics Industry Association (PIA), died Dec. 10 after a nearly three-year fight with acute myeloid leukemia. Carteaux, 59, had led the association since 2005, moving to Washington D.C. to assume leadership of the group after a long career in the plastics machinery industry. The energetic Carteaux had consistently chronicled the role of plastics in helping to treat his cancer, posting pictures of plastic components like Hickman central intravenous lines for administering drugs.
Cathy Gautreaux, Deputy Administrator of FMCSA, will be leaving the post she was appointed to in 2017 and taking a position at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Gautreaux developed a reputation as a strong problem solver regarding trucking issues. The American Trucking Association (ATA) bestowed with the Trucking Associations Executive council leadership award to her in 2012.