ATLANTA, Ga. – International Paper (IP) will roll out the TAPPISAFE Safety Orientation Program at the Selma, Alabama mill. TAPPISAFE, a service of TAPPI offered in partnership with Alliance Safety Council, provides a standardized safety orientation program for contractors and is the only safety orientation program specifically designed for the pulp and paper industry, by the industry.
“Safety is a top priority at all International Paper facilities. The TAPPISAFE program will provide the Riverdale Mill with a proven safety orientation system that will ensure all contractors have the same high level of safety orientation provided in a cost effective manner,” states Dave Niedzielski, Safety Health and Security Manager. “TAPPISAFE provides several key benefits including an easy method of tracking and verifying that contractors have the same safety orientation and ensures they meet the latest OSHA standards. It will help our employees and all contractors at our facility to work in the safest possible manner.”
“TAPPI is very pleased that International Paper has chosen to utilize the TAPPISAFE program at their facility in Selma, Alabama,” said Larry N. Montague, TAPPI President and CEO. “Safety is of utmost importance to our industry and the TAPPISAFE program ensures that a standard level of safety awareness has been reached before any contractor goes to a jobsite or mill. The adoption of the program by one of the industry’s premier and largest manufacturers demonstrates the industry’s growing use and acceptance of the TAPPISAFE program.”
The TAPPISAFE program provides a solid foundation in safety by addressing OSHA required awareness level safety orientation for any supplier or contractors that works in a pulp, paper or packaging facility. Key aspects of the program include: standardized courses that helps reduce redundant and potentially costly safety orientations, up-to-date OSHA compliance information, and instantly verifiable records. Key topics covered include hazard communications, personal protective equipment, hearing conservation, elevated work platforms, basic electrical work practices, material handling, hand powered tools, vehicle safety and confined space.
International Paper is a global leader in paper and packaging products with manufacturing operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and North Africa. The Riverdale mill in Selma, Alabama produces uncoated fine papers and bleached kraft pulp.
TAPPISAFE Programs also include; PSM (Process Safety Management), Truck Driver orientation and Employee orientation.
The Alliance Safety Council has over 20 years of proven success in developing, delivering and maintaining contractor safety orientations and has administered more than 1.2 million training units nationwide.