Western Pallet Magazine April 2016 - Page 10

White & Company Launches Best Load and Best Pallet Version 2.1, Will Exhibit at WPA Meeting

10 WESTERN PALLET

WPA in the News

n the News

It’s true that cardboard is lighter than wood," explained Patrick Atagi of the NWPCA. "But the life‐cycle carbon footprint of a pallet is about a lot more than weight. In fact, the carbon life cycle of packaging is actually quite complex."

Manufacturing a cardboard pallet requires a lot more energy than manufacturing a wooden one. They’re both made, ultimately, from wood. But for a cardboard pallet, wood has to be converted into cardboard through a manufacturing process

that uses a lot of energy, and chemical inputs. In contrast, wood pallets are basically organic, we’re just talking wood and nails.

In fact, the carbon emissions generated from producing a cardboard pallet can be five to ten times greater than a comparable wooden pallet.

In addition, under most real‐world conditions – including exposure to the elements and repeated impacts by equipment like forklifts – wooden pallets last a lot longer than cardboard ones. That means you’re going to end up manufacturing

more cardboard pallets to ship the same volume of goods. And this just increases he carbon footprint of cardboard pallets further.

Deal Proactively with an OSHA Citation

(Cont'd from Page 9)

Even companies with superior health and safety programs can receive an OSHA citation. If your operation is cited, be sure to request an informal conference to meet with OSHA and negotiate a fine amount. “Always attend the informal conference,” Casto advised. “Compliance officers can make mistakes.”

The employer should bring in documentation to support their case on their safety system and investments they have made to improve it, and try for a dismissal. If no one was hurt, they can try to reduce the gravity of the citation. Usually, there is a middle ground that can be found.

Another tact Casto suggests is asking OSHA to forgive the financial penalty and allow the company to invest that money instead in improving its safety program.

Ultimately, Casto noted that even an excellent program can receive a citation. Of greater concern is the issue of frequency. If a company has had only one in 30 years, it is an entirely different situation than if a company has received several in a short span of time.