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OSHA To Do More Inspections, Issue More Costly Citations BY PHILLIP M. PERRY Employers trying to avoid costly OSHA citations are facing new chal- lenges in the form of heightened enforcement activity and greater liabil- ity for workplace Covid infections. To lessen their exposure, businesses are retooling their operating environments to ensure compliance with state and federal mandates.

Acme Corrugated Box Co. To Expand Facility In PA Hatboro, Pennsylvania based Acme Corrugat- ed Box Co. Inc., a 103-year-old independent corrugated box manufacturer, has broken ground on a significant expansion of its exist- ing 250,000-square-foot facility in Hatboro. The multi-million dollar expansion includes an additional 80,000-square-feet of manufac- turing space that will allow for a 50 percent in- crease in manufacturing capacity. The expan- sion will provide room for a new high-speed 110-inch corrugator, a WIP system distinct to the United States and the total automation of sheet transfer to converting machine centers. “This expansion demonstrates our commit- ment to our overall growth and enhanced so- phistication of the company,” said Bob Cohen, President of Acme Corrugated Box Co. “It will allow us to increase manufacturing capacity, further embrace innovation of new products and flute profiles, and have a greater ability to serve our customers. “With the expansion, we are able to main- tain our independent structure in a highly consolidated industry. This commitment to growth allows us to provide new job oppor- tunities for our employees in our community,

“I think you’re going to see much more aggressive OSHA enforce- ment under the Biden administration,” says former OSHA head Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., now a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips ( ). He views a recent presidential executive order, “Protecting Worker Health and Safety” as a leading indicator of a more robust regulatory fervor. The new federal posture may include a larger OSHA oversight staff. “The Biden administration says it wants to double the number of in- spectors,” says William K. Principe, partner in the Atlanta office of Con- stangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete ( ). “While we don’t know if they will hire that many, it’s reasonable to assume there will be some increase. During the last administration vacancies weren’t always filled, so OSHA ended up being below the number of federal inspec- tors that had existed for a very long time.” More inspectors mean more boots on the ground. OSHA observers expect an increase in the rate of inspections, along with more cita- tions and higher penalties. And all this comes at a time when Covid is raising troublesome issues of its own. “The pandemic, with its greater CONTINUED ON PAGE 24


WHAT’S INSIDE 5 Sheets Unlimited To Install 8 AICC Opens Registration For Southeast Summit 12 Keynote Speakers Highlight PPC Virtual Spring Meeting 14 ICPF: It’s Not Too Late To Recruit 2021 Student Graduates, Interns Second BWP Corrugator In WA


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AVERAGE CONTAINERBOARD PRICES The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout the United States the week previous to issue. Prices in some areas of the country may be higher or lower than the tabulated average. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser.

REGION E. Coast Midwest Southeast Southwest

42# Kraft liner $955.00-960.00 $970.00-980.00 $970.00-980.00 $970.00-980.00 $1000.00-1010.00 $973.00-982.00

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SHEET PRICES BY REGION (AVERAGE) Per 1MSF, local delivery included, 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. Sheets

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$62.69 $82.80

$85.35 119.54

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107.46 118.45

114.69 129.32

116.54 137.25 117.82 145.56

141.08 148.46

122.76 131.80

CANADIAN SHEET PRICES (AVERAGE) In Canadian Dollars, per 1MSF, local delivery included, under 50MSF single item order, truckload delivery. 200# 275# Oyster UC 275#DW 350#DW $78.56 $99.18 $9.00 $96.32 $105.83 CANADIAN LINERBOARD & MEDIUM The average prices reported are tabulated from prices PAID by various sources throughout Canada. Prices may be higher or lower in various areas of the country. The prices tabulated here are intended only for purposes of reference. They do not connote any commitment to sell any material at the indicated average. Transactions may be completed at any time at a price agreed upon by seller and purchaser. Prices are Canadian $ and per metric ton.

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and to continue to be a main supplier of corrugated proj- ects in the region,” said Cohen. Construction on the expansion is expected to be com- pleted sometime in the first quarter of 2022. Visit for more information, including the company’s remarkable history and how its founder, Edward J. Cohen, started the business in 1918 by driving a horse- drawn wagon filled with scrap paper through the streets of Philadelphia. How Acme Corrugated Box Co. has grown to inhabit a 250,000-square-foot facility is a classic story of hard work, family commitment, and the American Dream. Sheets Unlimited To Install Second BW Papersystems Corrugator In WA Renton, Washington based Sheets Unlimited, a supplier of corrugated sheets in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, has or- dered a second corrugator for their Renton facility. The new 2.85m (112-inch) single wall machine will be installed in mid-2021. With space in the existing facility at a premium, BW Pa- persystems was tasked to design a corrugator that would provide the highest possible output in an extremely short footprint. Following up on the success of similar space



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constrained projects, most recently a single wall corruga- tor in Denver, Colorado, the BW Papersystems Engineer- ing team worked with Sheets Unlimited to determine the best location for the new machine. With an overall length of less than 75m (245-feet), the new machine will be rated at 350m per min (1,150 fpm), and will effectively double the capacity of the plant. Sheets Unlimited has enjoyed a nearly 40-year rela- tionship with BW Papersystems. This is the third complete corrugator in the past 25 years. “The addition of this ma- chine can be seen as both a vote of confidence in the mar- ket, as well as a vote of confidence in BW Papersystems,” said Scott Younger, President of Sheets Unlimited. “We trust BWP to provide equipment and service to meet our growing demand, while also working within the constraints of our existing infrastructure.” Krist Leland, Director of Manufacturing of SP Holdings, the parent company of Sheets Unlimited, said, “With our business expanding, we needed to react quickly with a solution that would prove its value for many years to come. BW Papersystems met the challenges of Covid-19 and came up with a machine that met our needs.” BW Papersystems, part of Barry-Wehmiller, combines strong brands, innovative technologies and global experi- ence in the corrugating and finishing, sheeting and pack- aging industries. Visit .

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• The plate may only be used to heat, only to humidify, or both options at the same time. • The plate is sectored, which allows for applying humidity to the sections. • It provides temperature in previously inaccessible locations and near the location needed. • It compensates the loss of temperature dissipated due to distance, speed or limitations of the exiting preheaters. • Quick transferring of heat to the paper. • The combination of the hot plate and steam shower allows for providing heat even to the hardest papers to heat. • Does not dry out the paper. • Possibility of operating as a humidifier and pre-conditioner. • Maintains and improves the fibre’s elasticity. • Acts according to the operator’s needs. • Facilitates the paper’s hygroscopy to absorb the glue and improve rubberising.


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calibrations and settings. Bar systems avoid this, but compensate this with the risk of exces- sive glue application. The system contains many wearing parts. Solution The contact roll combines the ad antage of both systems and ensures minimum contact between board and applicator roll. The system uses small pneumatic cylinders in order to achieve a “soft touch.”

6. Gap Control 7. Curved Plate 8. Roller Shoe Press When it comes to a short-term increas of web tension, spring loaded systems with shoes or airpressure activated system have problems in compensating these. The system is lifted for a short time. This may result in de-lamination and in the ‘double kiss’ effect. Solution For a defined and exact bonding point of the web fiv weight rollers will be installed usually over the first flat hotplate of the heating section. The rolls are mounted into a frame, which is actuated by means of two pneumatic cylinders. P oductivity Issu —Double Kiss Bonding




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9. Thin Wall Hot Plates 10. Pressure System Benefits —Exact glue application due to defined contact of applicator roll to web. Web is in contact to less flute tips compared to bar systems. • High precision glue application • Less moisture applied to web —No wear of shoes and springs —No adjustment of shoes or paper gap —Uniform glue application over entire working width for all flutes by use of pneumatic cylinders instead of springs — Less contamination by paper dust and glue remains —No jam of board because of web breaks caused by splice joints going through 630-784-0800 Benefits —Rollers secure exact defined first point of contact of liner and single-faced board - No double kiss —Frame design avoids unintended lifting of roller shoe (compared to spring or air loaded systems) - No double kiss —Pressure can be increased or released for special grades or products 490 Tower Blvd., Carol Stream, IL Contact Chicago Electric to GET IT RIGHT 630-784-0800 Solution The ProPress system ensures an optimum heat transfer to the board. It offers a wide range of set- tings. The loadi g pressure can be varied, the number of shoes can be lifted in accordance t the line speed. The outer shoes can be lifted in accordance to the paper width. The shoe bars will be delivered pre-assembled for a short installation time. —Liftable for easy paper infeed and for cleaning of the machine —Position adjustable in paper direction to avoid grooves in hotplate Press Productivity Issue—Poor Heat Transfer Rollers are usually limiting the heat transfer, since they often have contact mainly on the edges of the plates due to wear or bent plates. They also cause often loss of caliper and bearing need to be replaced frequently. Airpressure actuated systems can only supply a limited pressure and have com- pared to shoe systems a closed surface. Pressure Shoe

Plate vity Issue—Poor Heat Control l hotplates are slow to react to pressure due to high steam volume and massive y also have high heat radiation and heat profile. Worn plates can damage crease edge crush.

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AICC Opens Registration For Southeast Summit

Box Shipments ( U.S. Corrugated Product Shipments) Industry Shipments In Billions of Square Feet Month December 2020

Members of AICC, The Independent Packaging Associa- tion, are coming together at the Grandover Resort & Spa in Greensboro, NC, March 31- April 1, for the Southeast Sum- mit, featuring a virtual tour of Packrite. AICC is continuing to work with the Grandover Resort to minimize risks and provide a safe environment for all attendees. Additional safety information is available on the registration page for the Summit. During the Summit, Mitch Klingher of Klingher Nadler LLP will discuss how box demand is likely to grow in the year ahead and what strategies AICC members should consider to maximize their company’s position. AICC Technical Advisor Ralph Young will address new contain- erboard production capacity, conversions, and additional capacity expected over the next two to three years. The event will also feature a panel of box makers dis- cussing how they navigated the past year, including sales and marketing challenges, managing contingencies, vol- atility and demand, and developing a new “normal.” The annual golf tournament will be held on Thursday, April 1. The tour host, Packrite, located in High Point, North Carolina, will take attendees on a virtual walkthrough of their plant, then answer questions live. Packrite uses the CONTINUED ON PAGE 10



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

34.916 31.332


8.729 7.833


Industry Total

Year-to Date

December 2020



Percent Change Avg Week Percent Change

2020 2019

406.776 393.483


8.071 7.838


Industry Total

Containerboard Consumption (Thousands of Tons)



Percent Change Year-to-Date Percent Change

2020 2019

2.7727 2.5660


33.0739 32.3005


Container Board Inventory - Corrugator Plants (Thousands of Tons)

Corrugator Plants Only


Percent Change Weeks of Supply

Percent Change

Dec. Nov.

1.8921 1.7912


2.7 2.5


Shipping Days




2020 2019

20 20

252 251

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line packaging systems and materials as well as converted paperboard and corrugated solutions, Atlantic is connect- ed up and down the supply chain and is well-positioned to help influence change. “Atlantic Packaging is leading the way through trans- parency and collaboration across the supply chain to cre- ate a sustainable future for our planet,” said Atlantic Pack- aging President, Wes Carter. “By joining the global efforts of the Alliance and committing to sustainability, we believe our industry can have a major impact on global pollution and climate change. We look forward to supporting this effort through our work in introducing recyclable and com- postable packaging materials, as well as promoting and creating packaging efficiency, optimization and closed re- cycling systems throughout the supply chain.” Atlantic is also committed to helping educate the mar- ketplace about the importance of ending plastic waste, to making recycling and recyclable options available, and to implementing systems that will create a more circular economy. “The Alliance is pleased to welcome Atlantic Packag- ing into our ranks,” said Jacob Duer, President and CEO of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. “Their expertise in sus- tainable packaging solutions and packaging efficiency will be a welcome addition to the Alliance as we try to devel- op more circular solutions with the aim of ending plastic waste in the environment.” Visit for more information.

latest manufacturing technologies to provide innovative packaging solutions that meet their customers’ needs. This event is only open to AICC members. Single regis- tration is $195, and boxmaker discounts for multiple regis- trations are available. The golf fee is $250. Visit for more information and to register for the event, Direct questions to Laura Mi- halick at or (703) 836-2422. Atlantic Packaging Joins Alliance To End Plastic Waste Wilmington, North Carolina based Atlantic Packaging has announced that it has joined the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a non-profit organization committed to ending plas- tic waste in the environment. In their capacity as an Alli- ance member, Atlantic will be collaborating with over 80 member companies, project partners, allies and support- ers around the world to address this global issue. The Alliance’s mission is to develop, accelerate and de- ploy innovative and impactful solutions, engage commu- nities around the world, and to catalyze investments. The Alliance’s members represent the full range of the plastic value chain and are united in their drive and vision to end plastic waste in the environment. As a specialist in end-of-

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Keynote Speakers Highlight PPC Virtual Spring Meeting In Denver The Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) will hold its 2021 Virtual Spring meeting from March 24-26 in Denver, Colo- rado. “This time, our program centers around four crucial areas: sustainability, economy, industry, and leadership,” said PPC President Ben Markens and PPC Chair Brian Hunt. “If we can strategically grow these capacities, we will succeed—today and into the future. In addition to hearing our world-class speakers, attendees can visit the virtual Exhibit Hall to see latest technologies and products from our supplier members. We’ll also take a virtual pitstop in beautiful Denver, the location of next year’s in-person conference. Like Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, virtual Spring Meeting is your stage for growth, inspiration, and connection.” Keynote speaker Arsen Kitch, President, CEO and Di- rector of Clearwater Paper will present “Transforming Our Focus and Culture to Meet Market Demands-Today and

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ICPF: It’s Not Too Late To Recruit 2021 Student Interns & Graduates

The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) continually works to attract the best and the brightest students for available jobs and internships within the industry. Every year, over 750 packaging engi- neering, sales & marketing, graphic design, packaging design, business, supply chain management, chemical engineering, mechanical engineer- ing, industrial engineering, and related students and upcoming gradu- ates demonstrate interest in corrugated packaging careers by joining ICPF’s Corrugated Packaging Career Network by posting their resumes and applying for openings through ICPF’s Career Portal and by partic- ipating in ICPF’s educational programs and interactive broadcasts. On average, over 120 student interns and new graduates are hired annually through ICPF resources. If you are an ICPF Corporate Partner or considering becoming a part- ner, it is not too late to begin recruiting for 2021 by posting 2021 sum- mer internships/co-ops and openings for upcoming 2021 graduates on ICPF’s career portal. It is simple and fast. Contact for information on posting openings and accessing ICPF’s resume bank for upcoming graduates and students. Here is a cross section of upcoming graduates and student interns who currently are available through ICPF’s career portal. Katie K. is Michigan State University Packaging Science major who is graduating in May 2021. She is president of MSU’s Student Chapter

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of CoPPAC and the ICPF Student Representative at MSU. She conducted a 6-month co-op in Ohio at Nestle and has been a sales floor associate at Target since January 2018. “I attended the virtual ICPF Student/Executive Dialogue Dinner and en- joyed hearing all that this unique industry has to offer,” she said. “Additionally, I will be attending the April 2021 ICPF Teleconference to hear more

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Katie K.

about potential career opportunities. I am interested in corrugated de- sign, production, sales and R&D.” Katie is seeking a full time position upon graduation in May 2021. John C. is a University of Wisconsin-Stout Packaging major with a Project Management minor who is graduating May 2021. He serves as the ICPF Student Representative at UW-Stout. “UW-Stout has prepared me to enter the field of packaging with a vast array of relevant knowl-

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John C.

job postings from multiple companies across the United States. I have been highly recommending the portal to students as a resource.” John has specific interests in research & development as well as design. He is seeking a full time opening upon graduation in May. Isabel S. is a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Packaging Science program with an Immersion in Economics and is graduating May 2021. She is currently a Lab Technician in the RIT Pack-



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munity for teaching me more about the packaging industry and opening the door for career opportunities in corrugat- ed,” she said. “ICPF’s Student/Executive Dialogue Dinner

aging Dynamics Lab, a Research Assistant, the President of RIT’s Student Chapter of IoPP and serves as an ICPF Student Representative at RIT. She has conducted co-ops

introduced me to industry leaders I now look up to and aspire to work alongside one day. The career portal has provided an efficient and accu- rate method to stay up to date with the latest internship opportunities. I am pursuing packaging sales given my strong interest in consumer be-

as a Packaging Development Engi- neer at DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson and as an R&D Packaging Engineer at Pepsi- Co. Additionally, Isabel was a Teach- ing Assistant for Packaging Metals and Plastics. Isabel is an IoPP Cer- tified Professional in Training (CPIT),

Michelle C.

havior, marketing, and relationship management as well as my diverse background in business.” Michelle is seeking a summer 2021 internship upon completing her undergrad- uate degree this May, as well as a full time position after completing her Master’s Degree in December of 2021.

Isabel S.

an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Professional (Technician Level), and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. “ICPF has been a great resource from using the career portal to seeing what positions are available in the corrugated in- dustry,” she said. “Attending ICPF’s Student/Executive Dia- logue Dinner was an invaluable experience to speak with other students and executives while networking. I’m look- ing forward to promoting the corrugated industry as an ICPF student representative.” Isabel is seeking a full time packaging engineer opportunity upon graduation in May. Michelle C. is a University of Florida Marketing major with a minor in Packaging Science while simultaneously in graduate school for a Master’s Degree in International Business and is graduating May 2021 and December 2021. “I am grateful to Richard Flaherty and the whole ICPF com-

Sam S.O. is a California Polytech- nic State University Industrial Tech- nology & Packaging major with a concentration in packaging sciences and a minor in Spanish. He is grad- uating in June 2021 and has served in two separate research assistant positions at Cal Poly, holds a current

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ICPF’s Teleconference and in the recent “virtual” Student/ Executive Dialogue Dinner, which reinforced my interest in a corrugated packaging career,” he said. “My areas of interest lie in the design, manufacturing, and engineering processes of corrugated packaging and production.” At the writing of this article, Sam accepted a position to he applied to through ICPF’s Career Portal. Matthew H. is a Rochester Institute of Technology, Packaging Science major who is graduating May 2021. He

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of Corrugated Packaging & Displays in February 2019 and February 2020. “I am a Baltimore area resident and cur- rently enrolled in a 6-month digital marketing certification program through the University of Pennsylvania Experi- ence Lab, LPS,” she said. “My corrugated packaging ca- reer interests include marketing & sales, design and the sustainability aspects of packaging.” Gloria is seeking a full-time position to begin in June 2021. Jane V. is a University of Florida Chemical Engineering student with a concentration in packaging science who is graduating in May 2022. “My areas of interest within the

Matthew is seeking a full time packaging engineering po- sition starting in June 2021. Cole B. is a Clemson University Packaging Science ma- jor with a minor in business administration who is gradu-

ating May 2021. He is the recipient of the Robert Testin Outstanding Packaging Science Senior Award. He participated in co-ops at Disease Control Technologies, LLC and Rob- ert Bosch, LLC.. “I was introduced to ICPF by Elizabeth Anderson, who serves as ICPF’s Student Represen- job search. These are invaluable re- sources for students and new grad- uates to expand their professional network.” Cole is seeking a full-time sales position in corrugated packag- ing after graduation in May. Gloria C. is a Virginia Tech Pack- aging Systems & Design major with

corrugated industry are process and manufacturing engineering,” she said. “By participating in the ICPF Dialogue Dinner last December, I learned more about the areas and career opportunities of the corrugat- ed industry, as well as made future contacts for a potential summer in-

Cole B.

tative at Clemson,” he said. “She suggested I use ICPF as a place to network with professionals in the corrugated in- dustry. Since then I have participated in Student/Executive Dialogue Dinners and used the career portal to begin my

Jane V.

ternship. I would highly recommend everyone interested in the corrugated industry to use the ICPF career portal to apply for positions.” The Career Portal portion of ICPF’s website provides a listing of available internships and entry level positions to which students and recent graduates can apply. Since the free portal is visited regularly by industry recruiters, up- coming and recent graduates are encouraged to post their resumes there. Visit for more.

Gloria C.

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TAPPI Announces New Officers, 2021 Board Of Directors TAPPI, the leading association for the worldwide pulp, pa- per, packaging, tissue and converting industries, installed new officers and directors to its Board during a virtual meeting on March 2. New Chair James R. Haeffele, Essity, and new Vice Chair, Donald Haag, Retired-Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), will serve two-year terms. New directors appointed for three-year terms are Karyn Biasca, Univer- sity of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Suzanne Blanchet, S.L.B. Inc.; and David Buchanan, Voith Paper North America. Haeffele, who served as Vice Chair on the Board during 2020, ran unopposed for the 2021 chair. He is Vice Pres- ident Technology, Material Breakthrough at Essity. Haag served as a director on the board in 2020 and ran unop- posed as Vice Chair in this election. He formerly worked with PCA as VP of Manufacturing Services and is retired. Buchanan is president of Voith Paper North America since 2016, and has business line responsibility for Prod- ucts and Services out of Appleton, Wisconsin. Blanchet worked for Cascades Inc. for more than 30 years, including as President up until June 2017, and serves as a strategic advisor for different public and pri- vate corporations. Biasca is a professor and Chair of the University of Wis-

consin – Stevens Point Paper Science and Chemical Engi- neering Department. These new members will join the following directors who will continue to serve on the TAPPI Board: Garnet Bremner, Nalco Water an Ecolab Company; Peter Hart, WestRock; Andy Jones, International Paper; Mark Keaten, GAF; Larry N. Montague, President and CEO, TAPPI; Kim Nelson, GranBio; and Rory Wolf, ITW Pillar Technologies. Nelson joins Jim Haeffele and Don Haag as a member of TAPPI’s Executive Committee. Doss Named TAPPI/PIMA Executive Of The Year TAPPI has announced that Michael Doss, President and CEO of Graphic Packaging International, has been named TAPPI/PIMA Executive of the Year. Graphic Packaging, headquartered in Atlanta, is a leading provider of pa- per-based packaging solutions to food, beverage, food- service, and other consumer products companies. “Under Michael’s guidance, Graphic Packaging has made environmental, social and corporate governance a top priority, earning them a spot on Newsweek’s 2021 list of America’s Most Responsible Companies,” said TAPPI President and CEO Larry N. Montague. “He has champi- oned the organization’s efforts to develop diversity and inclusion programs and is a big supporter of the TAPPI/ PIMA Student Summit.”

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safety requirements, has increased the risk of OSHA vio- lations,” says Gary Heppner, a California-based indepen- dent OSHA safety advisor ( He added that inspectors will be looking closely at how businesses are spacing personnel, mandating masks and cleaning the work environment. OSHA is taking greater interest in machine shops, an environment with high accident rates, according to Hep- pner. Here Covid is having an effect: Workers, long re- quired to wear safety glasses while using drill presses or hand drills, are now expected to add face shields and maintain appropriate distances from others. That can be difficult in restricted environments where people are work- ing in close quarters. Any resulting laxity in safety consid- erations can spark illnesses and OSHA citations. OSHA Mandates Most employers want their workers to be safe and healthy. And given the higher OSHA profile, businesses will be making a special effort to meet state and federal standards. That means conforming to the “General Duty Clause” of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, requir- ing workplaces “free from recognized hazards that are

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causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.” While the imprecise nature of the general duty clause allows leeway for employers to account for varying local conditions, it also leaves plenty of room for inspectors to find unexpected violations. The lack of specific guidelines prompted OSHA to issue a comprehensive guidance doc- ument earlier this year. “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace” lists steps employers can take to reduce po- tential spread. (Businesses can access the document at ). Although the new guidelines are advisory in nature, OSHA observers expect specific regulations soon. “OSHA will likely issue an emergency temporary standard for workplaces,” says Foulke. This standard will carry the force of law and employers will be fined for non-compliance with its terms. How strict will the regulations be? That is still to be seen. “The emergency temporary standard is not expect- ed to be as employer averse as the OSHA regulations in

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California, but will likely resemble the Virginia standard, which follows CDC guidance,” says Foulke. Employers will likely be required to conduct workplace risk assessments and maintain written Covid-related action plans to include social distancing, masks, sanitation and training. “One thing I think you’re going to see during the Biden administration is a focus on musculoskeletal disorders (ergonomics, repetitive motions, lifting) and combustible dust,” adds Foulke. “Also, I think sometime this year OSHA will go back to requiring that 250-plus employers in cer- tain industries file not only 300A Summaries but also the 300 logs and the First Report of Injury forms.” Employer organizations will likely litigate onerous OSHA rules. “Trade associations have been successful in the past in getting injunctions against OSHA regulations

deemed outside the agency’s jurisdiction or overly bur- densome,” notes Douglas E. Witte, who represents busi- nesses in labor and employment law matters at Madison, Wisconsin based Boardman & Clark ( boardmanclark. com ). “Sometimes the regulations are modified, or simply delayed for a year or longer.” Work-Related Illness

If an employee comes down with Covid and misses work time or goes to the hospi- tal, is the illness recordable as work related? The answer is often less than clear. “Up until now, OSHA has not been pushing too hard on employers who claim COVID-19 infections occurred outside the workplace,” says Witte. Employers have been operating under fairly liberal standards, thanks to OSHA guidance issued in the spring of 2020 that allowed Covid illnesses to be categorized as not work related if an “alternative explanation” could account for the infections. Unfortunately, the term “alternative expla- nation” is vague, and OSHA does not provide examples. “The guidance is being interpret- ed, by some, as indicating that if the employer can point to some exposure away from the workplace, then the case can be deemed not work-related,” says Principe. Others are even taking the position that because Covid is being spread everywhere an infection is not work-related unless the employee has continually commuted in their own car, stayed in their own house, and not gone to a grocery store or interacted with the public in any way. That kind of liberal interpretation, though, skirts the edge of justice. “I think you need more concrete evidence that the employee was exposed to an infected person away from work,” cautions Principe. “Perhaps their spouse, children, or people they socialized with have Covid, or perhaps they attended a super-spreader event.” Faulty categorizations can be costly. “OSHA issues citations to em- ployers who fail to properly record or report

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cases,” says Principe. “The agency is often tipped off by whistle blowers, or they get word of infections through hospitals or public health departments.” Penalties for se- rious violations start at $13,653, although the amount is sometimes reduced in the event of a good faith history. Citations for willful or repeated issues start at $136,532. Certainly, there is no need to record cases that are clearly not work-related. While an employer may do so out of fear of a citation, being too inclusive can backfire. “Over-reporting can spark an OSHA inspection when the entries from an employer’s logs are entered on their 300A Summaries,” says Foulke. “Those are available for review not only to OSHA but also to plaintiff’s lawyers and com- munity activists like Common Cause. Skewed numbers can impact a business’s ability to get future work from clients.” So how about those cases that fall into a grey area? “My advice to employers would be that in the case of doubt, record or report the event,” says Principe. “You can always explain the facts, saying that you don’t believe it is work-related for the following reasons, but that you are in- cluding the case out of an abundance of caution. This will protect you from a citation.” Many OSHA observers believe the Biden administra- tion will tighten criteria, determining that more infections occurred in the business environment. There may be a

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