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NWPCA Develops Workplace Safety Alliance with U.S. Government
Cooperative Effort Seeks to Develop Guidelines to Improve Employee Safeguards
By Chaille Brindley
Date Posted: 8/1/2004
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has targeted wood pallet companies for years because the industry has been known for sometimes having dangerous manufacturing environments and high incident rates. Hoping to improve government/industry communication and reduce workplace injuries, a new public/private alliance has emerged this summer. The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA), OSHA, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are joining forces to form this
"We believe that by joining the knowledge and experience of OSHA, NIOSH and NWPCA, we create a fresh new perspective for examining health and safety concerns in the solid wood packaging industry," said Bruce Scholnick, NWPCA President and CEO. "Through this
NIOSH is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. According to NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard, the
OSHA and NIOSH will cross train personnel in NWPCA’s best practices or effective approaches, as jointly determined by the groups. OSHA, NWPCA and NIOSH plan to develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the business value of safety and health and will also strive to raise the awareness of others to workplace safety and health concerns.
In the past, OSHA has targeted wood pallet and container businesses as one industry known to have high rates of workplace health and safety risks. And while the
Bruce said, "The Alliance means nothing if people don’t utilize the materials that are out there." He encouraged the industry to become aware of the dangers of workplace risks and to take advantage of the new programs offered by the NWPCA.
The formation of the
Reducing workplace dangers is not only the right thing to do, it is a sound business decision. Looking to correct possible workplace hazards and institute sound practices, it protects your workers, reduces liability exposure and can significantly lower your insurance rates. Loss time resulting from a workplace accident can impact your operation and reduce worker morale. Nobody wants to work in an unsafe environment. And no business owner wants to pay OSHA fines. Being proactive is the best decision when it comes to workplace safety. For more information, visit www.palletcentral.com or call 703/519-6104.