8/9/2005 12:00 AM
COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is bringing together the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region VI Office and Printpack Inc. to form a unique alliance that joins training, governmental and corporate organizations in protecting worker safety and health.
OSHA’s alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao’s ongoing efforts to improve the health and safety of workers. Through alliances; trade and professional organizations, businesses, labor organizations and education institutions are able to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for training and outreach aimed at preventing workplace injuries and illnesses.
TEEX, which operates the OSHA Southwest Education Center in Mesquite, is a member of The Texas A&M University System and has trained 28 of Printpack’s safety and health managers at the company’s 22 manufacturing facilities in the United States, England and Mexico over the past 18 months.
“We have benefited more from our group training than we anticipated,” said Ford Best, Printpack director of corporate safety. “Our safety coordinators are working better together due to team exercises and have gained confidence in the area of safety.”
The Printpack associates have received Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) distinction through the completion of eight OSHA courses taught by TEEX. The scope of the CSHO program, originally offered exclusively for the U.S. Army and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, has grown to include safety professionals working in industry and government. The CSHO credentials are recognized by the Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists.
“TEEX appreciates and applauds Printpack for the proactive stance in protecting the safety and health of its employees,” said David Milligan, division director of TEEX’s Professional & Regulatory Training. “This alliance will provide an unprecedented opportunity to share and implement best safety practices between TEEX, OSHA and a corporate partner.”
The alliance will be officially signed at a ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 11, in Mesquite, Texas. Printpack President Dennis Love is scheduled to participate in the alliance signing, along with representatives from TEEX and the OSHA Region VI Office.
“This is an excellent example of business, academia and government working together to improve safety and health,” said Joe Reina, Department of Labor OSHA Region VI deputy regional administrator.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Printpack was founded in 1956 and is privately held. Today, Printpack is one of the largest and most innovative packaging converters in the world with sales over $1 billion, 4,000 employees, and 22 manufacturing locations in the U.S., Mexico, and Great Britain.
Focused on flexible packaging and barrier specialty containers, Printpack has a long-standing reputation for providing quality products and services to the top brands in a range of industries.
As the OSHA Southwest Education Center, TEEX provides safety training and resources for OSHA Region VI, which includes Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The center is recognized as the top such facility in the country, training more professionals than the next two education centers combined.
TEEX offers hands-on, customized training, exercises, technical assistance and technology transfer services impacting Texas and beyond. TEEX programs include fire, homeland security, law enforcement, public works, safety and health, search and rescue and technology transfer.