Stand Together BY RACHEL KENYON
both large and small. The information shared in the com- mittees helps to address common challenges, to establish industry positions, to share best practices and to ultimately help member companies make better individual decisions. As a group, the committees identify, understand and prioritize key issues that impact our industry and work to find solutions that could not be achieved by one company acting alone. Getting To Know The Committees FBA’s largest and one of its most active committees is the Technical Committee. The committee recently com- pleted research on relative humidity environmental fac- tors impacting long-standing safety factors used for man- ufacturing boxes. The committee is currently working on two other research projects. One, on unitizing pallet-load environmental-design factors and the other on how indus- try popular score-types affect box compression. These research projects, along with ongoing efforts to develop
I have been involved with Fibre Box Association’s (FBA) standing committees for many years, both as a member
company representative and as an FBA staff member. I’ve chaired com- mittees, participated on committees and acted as a staff liaison to dif- ferent committees. In fact, it was a phone call I made to say I could no longer chair a committee that led to my return to the association staff.
I believe very strongly in the well-established commit- tee structure at FBA. The work of FBA’s committees bene- fits individual companies by bringing together the knowl- edge, resources and expertise of numerous companies,
industry-wide responses to frequently asked technical questions and content mainte- nance of the Fibre Box Handbook, are central to the work of the committee. The Environmental Committee is now working with the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. on a box plant par- ticulate air emissions project and updating the Air Emissions Inventory Tracking Work- book which is used throughout the industry for annual reporting. The Safety and Health Committee is de- veloping the control of hazardous energy (Lockout-Tagout) and personal protection equipment (PPE) recommendations for FBA members. Both are guidelines that are evolv- ing and improving as committee members discuss the value of the specific advice. The Legal Advisory Committee is working to update FBA’s Antitrust Guidelines and was responsible for guiding the development of the Antitrust training video released in 2019 The Marketing Committee lent their ex- perience to the creation of the industry tag- line, “Boxes. The Most Extraordinary Ordinary Thing in the World” and the Data Services Committee is continually reviewing our cor- nerstone data programs and supporting the development of new reports. Why Get Involved? These core committees and the member company representatives who participate on them are essential to the work we do as an association. FBA could not achieve our mis- sion to grow, protect and enhance the overall well-being of the industry without the com- mittee members who volunteer their time and expertise to better the industry as a whole.
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