New alliance supports workplace safety

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has formed an alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Pulp & Paper Safety Association (PPSA) to focus on reducing the frequency and severity of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in employees of the forest, pulp and paper industries.

Members of the alliance will develop training and education materials on ergonomics techniques and applications in the industry and present them in appropriate forums. AF&PA, along with PPSA, will cross-train OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals in effective approaches to reducing safety hazards in the industry. Members also plan to share information on potential ergonomics issues and possible  solutions with others in the industry and publicize the results through outreach and web postings. The alliance will meet yearly to discuss the application of these goals.

AF&PA represents more than 200 companies and related associations that engage in or represent the manufacture of pulp, paper, paperboard and wood products. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 7% of total US manufacturing output, employs 1.5 million people and ranks among the top 10 manufacturing employers in 42 states. www.afandpa.org; www.osha.gov; www.ppsa.org. PI

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