IPANA Members Attend Interpack

After the IPANA meeting, several IPANA members traveled to Dusseldorf to participate in Interpack 2017 and the International Confederation of Plastic Packaging Manufacturers (ICPP) Meeting.  Interpack is only held every three years and draws visitors and exhibitors from around the world.  This event occupies the entire Dusseldorf exhibition center and is the place to be to discover new packaging and processing trends.  Interpack drew 73 international representatives from 136 countries providing support for the Trade Fair.  The packaging industry is vital to all other sectors of industry and no other trade fair represents the entire supply chain. Click here to view photos from the event.

Len Berenfield Honored with ISDI Lifetime Membership Award

Leonard Berenfield and four generations of his family have been pillars of the steel drum industry for more than a century. His company was founded in 1914 as Berenfield Barrel Company. By 1975, due to continued success in steel drums, the company was re-named as the Berenfield Steel Drum Company.  By 1999, the company maintained fully automated plants in four states.  In the 1970s, Arthur Shultz welcomed Berenfield into the Steel Shipping Container Institute, now ISDI. Over the years, the Berenfield family has contributed significantly to ISDI. You can view the presentation and view additional information about Len Berenfield by clicking this link.

ISDI Now Live on Social Media

In April, the Industrial Steel Drum Institute officially launched their social media presence on twitter.  You can follow ISDI on this popular platform @whysteeldrums.  Here is ISDI’s first tweet  Did you know? Steel drums provide safe transport for ~50 million tons of material worldwide each year. You can learn more by clicking this link. 

PDI and RIBCA Finalize Two New Infographics and FAQ’s

PDI and RIBCA are in the process of completing their website updates with the addition of new educational materials on their websites. PDI is developing two new infographic materials that focus on the many advantages of plastic drums and the sustainability or life cycle of plastic drums.  Did you know that recycling just one plastic drums is equivalent to to recycling 500 beverage bottles?  In collaboration with their international trade association, the International Confederation of Plastic Packaging Producers (ICPP), RIBCA is set to publish a new FAQ section on their website.

Regulatory Updates

PHMSA Announces Pre UN Meeting

On Tuesday  June 20, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will conduct a public meeting in preparation for the 51st session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCETDG) to be held July 3 to July 7, 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland. Use this link for additional information.

IP Group Invited to Provide Testimony on the Hill

The Interested Parties for Hazardous Materials Transportation  was offered the opportunity to provide testimony on Capitol Hill with the goal of providing the perspective of the IP Group on issues related to regulatory reform. On behalf of the IP Group, Paul Rankin, the current Chair, delivered testimony on April 26, 2017 before the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the U.S. House of Representatives. You can access the full testimony here.

OSHA Delays Implementation Date of Workplace Injury Rule

In May 2016, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule entitled “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” . This rule  requires businesses with 250 or more employees, per facility, to electronically report to the agency annually all of the company’s injury and illness logs for that year from OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301.  Each company’s records would be posted for public access on the OSHA website.The effective date for this controversial rule has now been delayed by OSHA for a second time.


SafeStart Aims to Reduce Worker Fatigue

A new initiative, named SafeStart, has been launched to help employers fight fatigue in the work place. According to research, fatigue affects 40% of workers and getting less than 6 hours of sleep triples one’s risk of causing an accident.   Studies have shown that being awake for over 17 hours is equivalent to having a blood alcohol level near the legal limit. You can access free resources and a webinar on fatigue by clicking this link.

The American Iron and Steel Institute Issues New Brochure

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has issued an updated brochure entitled, ”Recycling Steel Shipping Containers”.  The brochure was originally released several years ago but has been updated and modernized.  The brochure will be released during their numerous state, regional and national recycling conferences.

People, Places & Things

ICPP Celebrates Their 20th Anniversary

This year, the ICPP (International Confederation of Plastics Packaging Manufacturers) celebrated their 20th anniversary.  One of IPANA’s own, Jerry Geyer of Greif and current ICPP President stated, “ During the past 20 years ICPP contributed largely to an increase in safety in the transport of dangerous goods.  Many ICPP proposals were taken up in the UN model regulations which can be attributed both to the know how of the organization and to the simple fact that industry spoke with one voice.” Congratulations to the ICPP from your friends at IPANA!