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In February, the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Division began a safety inspection of Burrows Paper Corporation’s Franklin, Ohio, Packaging Plant. The inspection was due to two separate employee injuries, and encompassed all areas of the facility. On July 18, 2014, Burrows Paper Corporation (Burrows) received a notice from OSHA containing Citations and Notification of Penalties stemming from this inspection. OSHA identified seven citations and proposed penalties of $58,800.

“We deeply regret that weaknesses in our safety practices resulted in injury to two members of the Burrows team,” stated Rose Mihaly, president and COO of Burrows Paper Corporation. “From the time period that these incidents occurred, we have initiated a corporate-wide employee safety action plan. Our goal is nothing less than safety being a prescribed and systematic part of our operations and culture.”

On July 28, Burrows executives and safety team members met with the OSHA area director and came to an agreement regarding the inspection results. In light of the immediate actions taken by Burrows and commitment going forward, OSHA agreed to reduce proposed penalties by 50 percent to $29,400. In addition to continuing to comply with all applicable health and safety regulations, Burrows agreed to make the following improvements to its Employee Heath and Safety programs:

Conduct weekly safety inspections of all departments;

Engage an independent safety consultant with knowledge of the paper and packaging industry to conduct a safety audit in each Burrows packaging facility once a year for the next three years;

Continue to collaborate with the local OSHA office, including audit and corrective action reporting.

Burrows Paper Corporation operates four paper mills and five packaging converting facilities domestically and abroad – New York, Ohio, Nevada, Iowa, Mississippi, The Netherlands, and China. Its mills and facilities maintain the highest standards and hold certifications from ISO 9001, HACCP, the Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forest Initiative, and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. Burrows incorporates nearly 100 years of papermaking experience into its food packaging line of products and is one of only a few companies capable of producing light weight printable tissue paper from 7.5 to 30 pounds (12.2 to 48.9 gsm). Burrows offers Machine Glaze and Machine Finish paper grades for a variety of uses such as medical and food packaging and many innovative industrial applications.


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