March 25, 2013
Flexo Market News
Weyerhaeuser Launches
TAPPISAFE At Columbus Mill
Weyerhaeuser has rolled out theTAPPISAFE Safety Ori-
entation Program at its Columbus, Mississippi, manufac-
turing facility. TAPPISAFE, a service of TAPPI offered in
partnership with Alliance Safety Council, provides a
standardized safety orientation program for contractors
and is reportedly the only safety orientation program
specifically designed for the industry, by the industry.
The [TAPPISAFE] program provides several key
benefits including easy tracking and verification of
each contractor’s safety orientation status and contin-
uous updates to ensure it meets all current OSHA
standards,” stated Benjy Bruce, Mill Safety Manager.“It
also features orientation sessions that focus on facili-
ty-specific training that addresses local safety consid-
erations and circumstances as well as a session that
covers the basics of safety orientation.”
Key aspects of the program include standardized
testing that helps reduce redundant and potentially
costly safety orientations, up-to-date OSHA compli-
ance information, a standardized online basic safety
orientation system, and instantly verifiable records.
Key topics covered include hazard communications,
personal protective equipment, hearing conserva-
tion, elevated work platforms, basic electrical work
practices, material handling, hand powered tools, ve-
hicle safety and confined space.
Mandatory GMO Labeling
Coming To Whole Foods
Whole Foods has announced that by 2018, all prod-
ucts in its U.S. and Canada stores must be labeled if
they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
This is the first national grocery store to set a dead-
line for GMO labeling.
We are putting a stake in the ground on GMO la-
beling to support the consumer’s right to know,” says
Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. “The
prevalence of GMOs in the [United States], paired
with nonexistent mandatory labeling, makes it very
difficult for retailers to source non-GMO options and
for consumers to choose non-GMO products.”
This announcement comes at a time where interest
in GMO labeling is at an all-time high. During the
November election, Prop 37 – a mandatory
GMO labeling initiative – was introduced in Califor-
nia. Millions of dollars poured in from various corpo-
rations such as Monsanto and PepsiCo against the
ballot measure, which was ultimately defeated.
A recent poll by
The Huffington Post
in partner-
ship with YouGov found that a huge majority — 82
percent — of Americans want labels for GMO food.
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