The Tech Box

Safety Awards Highlight Industry Focus on Safety

Apr 25, 2023

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its 2022 injury and illness data earlier this month. Their injury tracking application data contains information from over 300,000 establishments with details on total respiratory conditions and total days away from work.

OSHA compiles this information from 300, 300A, and 301 forms, which are required to be completed by March 2 of each year. The same information is what Fibre Box Association (FBA) bases its safety awards on. FBA’s safety awards use data compiled for the 2022 Corrugated Container Industry Annual Report of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

FBA and AICC – The Independent Packaging Association will recognize 418 corrugated industry plants for safety achievements in 2022. 154 plants will receive Perfect Plant Awards, presented to all sheet plant or corrugator facilities with zero incidents (no recordable cases) for the calendar year. 264 plants will receive Safety Excellence Awards, presented to all sheet plant or corrugator facilities that have achieved a 0.0 lost workday incident rate (no lost work days).

Our industry responsibly manages operations that are safe for employees. The overall incidence rate has followed a steady trend of decline for the past 20 years. The 2022 incidence rate was 2.36 for more than 174 million hours worked. A focus on safety has been a priority for our industry, reflected in the numbers.

Find some helpful FBA resources below that can help your plant with your safety initiatives and get your plant an FBA safety award next year:

  • The FBA Safety & Health Committee offers our member’s safety program recommendations as an educational service. Current recommendations include Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout), Facility Confined Spaces, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Past recent Tech Boxes have focused on different safety topics, including emergency action plansoccupational heat exposurefall protectiongeneral safety standards, and combustible dust.
  • Safety & Health FAQs are a collection of answers, researched and written by FBA’s safety & health experts, on various safety & health questions related to the corrugated industry.