PULP + PAPER
One of the largest industrial sectors in the world, the global pulp and paper market is projected to grow from $351.51 billion in 2021 to $370.12 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 0.74%. And the United States is the second-largest paper producer in the world. Regulations like OSHA 29 CFR 1910, ASTM F739-12 for Permeation of Liquids and Gases and NFPA 2112-Standard on FR Garments, equipment improvements, and the proper use of PPE helps to reduce worker injuries, but the hazards faced by workers are many. In the US alone, there were 10 fatalities and more than 2400 recordable injuries in the paper manufacturing industry. Depending on what section of a plant a worker is in, the hazards vary greatly. Often, extreme cut resistance is required for high-hazard functions like handling blades and performing slabbing tasks. Meanwhile other areas involve tool handling tasks that work on machinery that requires dexterity and cut protection. Different departments also need protection from dangerous pinch points, hot surfaces and a wide range of chemicals. Below are some of the best PPE options for the pulp and paper manufacturing industry.
In pulp & paper mills, 25% of workers worry daily about being injured on the job.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, in 2018 there were 10 fatalities and 2,840 injuries/illness in the paper manufacturing industry.
Hand injuries account for a third of preventable injuries in the pulp and paper industry, and 70% of the time, they occur because an employee is not wearing gloves.