Box Plant Basics - Safety

SKU: C-792Duration: 24 Minutes Certificate Included

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Training Time: 24 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: Industry Standards and Best Practices

Languages: English

There are thousands of box plants in North America which produce a large variety of corrugated board products. Each of these box plants has many safety hazards associated with it. This course will discuss safe work behaviors, equipment safety hazards, stored energy hazards, chemical hazards, emergency stops, as well as vehicle and pedestrian hazards within box plants.

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Define the terms "sheet supplier," "sheet plant," "corrugator/box plant," and "box blank"
  • Describe "wet end" and "dry end" operations on a corrugator
  • Describe safe behaviors for box plant workers
  • Identify and describe common equipment hazards for box plants
  • Describe and identify potential sources of stored energy
  • List the hazards associated with steam systems
  • Describe how to work safely with or around chemicals
  • Describe how vehicles and pedestrians can safely interact in box plants
  • Identify and describe how to mitigate sources of fire, slip, trip, fall, and bump hazards in box plants

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What general type of hazards can one find at a box plant?
Equipment, chemical, vehicle, pedestrian hazards, and more.

What are some ways to stay safe while working at a box plant?
Safe working behaviors, machine guarding, the use of PPE, hazard reporting and controls, good housekeeping, and more are all good ways to stay safe at a box plant.

What kind of equipment hazards might one find at a box plant?
Moving and rotating equipment, including belts, conveyors, rolls, and adjusting and loading mechanisms; nip points; pinch points; and various blades, knives, and dies.

What is stored energy?
Stored energy is potential energy that can be released suddenly and unexpectedly, and cause serious injuries and even death. Stored energy is dangerous because it continues to exist even after the original energy source has been turned off or removed.

What are some ways to stay safe from steam at a box plant?
Don't touch hot objects; make sure all steam piping are properly insulated and marked; stay clear of any leaks and immediately notify supervisors of any leaks.

What are some ways to stay safe from chemical hazards at a box plant?
Pay attention during your HazCom training; make sure all chemicals are clearly labeled; stored chemicals appropriately; review all SDSs; wear all appropriate SDSs; and know locations of exits, eyewashes, and emergency showers (and know how to use them).

What is an E-stop?
E-stops are designed to immediately cut off all power to the equipment and stop all movements when activated. Use E-stops when there's a dangerous situation.

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

Box plant safety hazards include equipment, chemical, vehicle, and pedestrian hazards, among others. In addition to physical guarding, barriers, interlocks, and other engineering controls, safe behaviors are critical to a safe working environment. These include follow all mill and department safety guidelines at all times, including the use of all required personal protective equipment, or PPE. Make sure you have been properly trained on the equipment and tasks assigned to you. Always follow current, approved standard procedures if they exist for the tasks you are performing. In particular, follow current, approved lockout/tagout procedures before working on equipment to clear a jam, clean, inspect, adjust, or perform maintenance. Follow the current approved confined space entry procedure before entering any confined space.

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