Board Converting News, January 31, 2022

Time To Review Training And Development Plans BY CHASE KAMMERER

The corrugated industry offers many training tools, including the TAPPI Academy, AICC – The Independent Packaging Association’s Packaging School, and Fibre Box Association (FBA) programs. In particular, one training program that’s extremely useful and was just updated is FBA’s Hazardous Materials Packaging Training Program. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s hazardous ma- terials regulations (HMR) require that all Hazmat Employ- ees be trained and tested on awareness of the HMR; how their jobs are affected by the regulations and can impact a hazmat order; on safety around hazardous materials; and security awareness. FBA has been offering a hazmat training program spe- cifically for box plants since the 1990s. And since the focus is on box plants, all the tests, e-cfr tutorials, supplemental information, and modifiable templates will make it easier for you and your team members to know and understand your responsibilities regarding hazmat requirements.

The first few months of the year are an excellent time to review training and development plans for your plant. As

mentioned in November’s Tech Box, 48 percent of America’s work- ing population is actively searching or watching for new job opportu- nities. Learning and development (L&D) programs can be an appeal- ing benefit for team member reten- tion and recruitment. It shows your

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employees that you care enough to provide the tools they need to succeed at their jobs. It can also keep you out of trouble with regulatory agencies.

The updated 2022 edition is the most comprehensive hazmat packaging training program for box plants. New videos (say goodbye to hairstyles from the 2000s) with new material make this version one your employees will be excited to watch. And, with training divided into three groups with different training videos, supplemental infor- mation, and tests, you can ensure that your team members get the proper training for their specific hazmat responsibilities. Group 1 Group one provides awareness of the regulations and the fundamentals of how the HMR affects manufacturing hazmat pack- aging by the corrugated industry and our responsibilities as hazmat package manu- facturers. The focus in Group 1 targets the understanding of regulatory standards like proper UNmarkings and the appropriate way hazard warning labels and symbols must ap- pear. Ultimately, the hazmat training program provides you with more trained eyes on the final product before it leaves your facility. Group 2 Group two is ideal for Hazmat Employees who interface between the box plant and hazmat shippers and need to know more of the HMR details but are not considered hazmat experts. This group training provides more specifications like marking require- ments, hazard warning label use, and un- derstanding the Hazardous Materials Table. Group two employees should also partici- pate in group one training videos and tests. Group 3 Group three provides excellent informa- tion for your hazmat experts and team mem- CONTINUED ON PAGE 8


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