Kyle Stavig Delivers Keynote. Industrial Pack debuted on April 4 at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta Georgia. The packed opening session featured IPANA Chairman Kyle Stavig who provided an update on the “State of the Nation” in industrial packaging. His presentation featured information on what lies ahead for the industrial packaging industry as well as current statistics. With assistance from Greif, Inc. and NOVA Chemicals, IPANA provided key information on the future of our industry. This exposition brought together buyers of protective, in-transit and industrial packaging with many of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers! Several IPANA members exhibited at Industrial Pack including Con-Tech International, CDF, Greif, North Coast Containers, Rieke Packaging, Snyder Industries and Tri-Sure Closures. We caught several other members walking the floor at Industrial Pack!
IPANA Announces Spring 2019 Meeting in Napa Valley. IPANA will locate at the Meritage Resort. The resort features sun-soaked vineyards and lavish accommodations paired with award-winning cuisine celebrating the finest of Napa Valley’s bounty. The Meritage Resort and Spa perfectly blends world-class luxury with exceptional hospitality to bring you the ultimate Napa Valley resort experience. The IPANA meeting will be held April 29 – May 1, 2019. The International Confederation of Plastic Packaging Manufacturers (ICPP) has elected to co-locate with IPANA for their 2019 annual meeting. That meeting will be held on Wednesday afternoon, May 1 and provide an excellent opportunity for PDI members to participate in an international meeting.
DOT Announces Strategic Plan. The U.S. Department of Transportation has released their strategic plan for 2018-2022. The plan sets out DOT’s strategic goals and objectives. The plan’s four primary goals include safety, infrastructure, innovation and accountability. With regards to safety, DOT aims to reduce transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries across the transportation system. Improving the infrastructure in order to stimulate economic growth and productivity is another announced goal.
PHMSA and OSHA Release Youtube Video. With the phase in of the new GHS labeling requirements at OSHA, confusion has persisted regarding proper display of labels during transportation. With the goal of providing additional clarity, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) produced a YouTube video. This video illustrates the different labeling requirements specified by each agency in order to communicate the dangers of hazardous materials during transportation and in the workplace. Both agencies are responsible for enforcing distinct and separate safety standards regarding the appropriate labeling of chemical hazards through PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Regulations and OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard 2012.
ELD Compliance Required on April 1, 2018. Compliance with this mandate was phased in on December 18, 2017. However, full compliance with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule began on April 1 and included out of service criteria. According to Commercial Safety Vehicle Alliance (CVSA), inspectors will start placing commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service if their vehicle is not equipped with the required device. The driver will remain out of service for 10 hours in accordance with the CVSA criteria. At that point, to facilitate compliance, the driver will be allowed to travel to the next scheduled stop and should not be dispatched again without an ELD. If the driver is dispatched again without an ELD, the motor carrier will be subject to further enforcement action. As a reminder, there is short haul exclusion. A “short haul driver” is one that drives within a range of a 100-mile radius and returns to “home base” at the end of each workday. For more information you can visit the FMCSA website.
OSHA Budget Request Released. The budget request for OSHA in fiscal year 2019 supports Trump’s continued efforts to assure safe and healthy jobs. “The President’s budget provides a fiscally responsible framework to advance the Department of Labor’s mission of ensuring all Americans have access to family-sustaining jobs,” said Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “From addressing the skills gap through apprenticeships to prioritizing workplace safety, this budget reflects a strong commitment to the American workforce. It also includes important reforms to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used to maximum effect.”
OSHA’s FY 2019 budget request provides an increase of $6.1 million for 42 new Compliance Safety and Health Officers to continue the agency’s strong commitment to enforcement; and another $5.1 million for 24 Compliance Assistance Specialists and eight Voluntary Protection Programs staff to allow the agency to expand its training, outreach, compliance assistance, and cooperative programs.
Houston Businesses Seek Federal Assistance. Chemical companies are asking the federal government for help in hopes of developing a coastal flood control system near Houston to protect petrochemical plants, oil refineries and shipping infrastructure from future hurricanes. The project is called the coastal spine. The proposed system would consist of seawalls, levies and flood gates in the Galveston area with an estimated cost of approximately $14 billion. “Ideally the flood barrier would extend from Freeport, Texas, where DowDuPont has its largest manufacturing site, to Beaumont on the upper Texas coast, where Exxon Mobil Corp. has chemical plants and refineries,” said state Senator Larry Taylor, a Republican from the Houston area. Some of the region’s infrastructure, in particular railroads, is over 70 years old and in serious need of upgrading particularly since many chemical companies are upgrading or adding plants in the Houston area.
Keep the Office Refrigerator Clean and Safe According to the FDA, it is important to keep the temperature setting at 40°F or colder to prevent bacterial growth in foods. Temperatures above 40°F are considered the danger zone where bacterial growth can double in just 20 minutes. It is recommended that you regularly check refrigerator temperature settings in your office and throw out food that is over one week old. You should also be mindful of food expiration dates and throw out food if it is past its date or looks questionable. You can click here to view other food safety tips.
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Mauser Expands Their Portfolio. MAUSER USA, LLC recently announced the acquisition of the manufacturing assets of MaschioPack North America of Atlanta, GA. This acquisition gave Mauser the opportunity to expand its North American intermediate bulk container (IBC) footprint, as well as supply additional manufacturing support for its reconditioning affiliate, National Container Group (NCG). MAUSER will continue to supply former MaschioPack customers from the Atlanta location while investing in the facility to align it with other Mauser product offerings.
“We are excited to further expand our presence in the Southeastern US market,” remarked Glenn Frommer, President and CEO of Mauser USA, LLC. “This acquisition provides us the opportunity to more effectively service our North American customers while at the same time, welcoming new customers into our family.”
“IBCs and reconditioned packaging are the two fastest growing segments within the industrial packaging industry,” stated Jeff DeLiberty, Director of New Markets and Business Development. “These assets will not only serve as a critical part of Mauser’s growth strategy in North America, but will also provide the necessary support for NCG as the reconditioning industry continues to expand.”