The training session of the basic course number 81 in the packaging industry is once again successfully over. At the course in question me myself have already attended over 40 lectures. When finished I went through old material and noted how much the diction and content has changed through the years.

Nowadays the overhead projector material of the first lectures mostly looks like ancient remains compared to current visually attractive presentations, and that’s a good thing. Originally the course heading was ”Wood as packing material”, but now the heading has changed to “Unitizing and technical screening methods”.

The power words I used in earlier presentations were: Eastern business, the Soviet Unions Gost-standard and the membership I achieved in the scientific technical society between Finland and the Soviet Union in the 80’s. Nowadays, these words work mainly as good icebreakers to cheer up the course participants.

Nevertheless, maybe the biggest change is related to observing the safety standpoint. The first presentations focus purely on protecting the product from mechanical and biological stress. The last presentation focused mainly on handling safety, glass-safety and the meaning of entry handling in the transport supply chain.

The most common shortages

The most common reasons for the growing amount of risk at work are:

  • Pallets and boxes are in poor shape
  • Insufficient and false marking
  • Poor placement of weight distribution on the package

The shortages stated above way too often cause safety risks to both the person handling the cargo and the cargo itself. One can’t emphasize the risks that are caused by hazardous substances inside the packages that lack safety markings enough.

A living example

People at Transval, most of us work with transport packaging daily. I experienced my most memorable and concrete moment for some ten years ago with our customer. I helped with opening an arrived package.  Through the lid onto the protective plastic had leaked hundreds of liters of water. Together with my co-worker we lifted this water filled plastic bag away and emptied the package of water. At that exact moment, the contents were exposed showing us the text Explosive when wet. Surely, on the outside of the box there were no warning signs of explosive material.

I hope that with this example I can remind everyone, how great impact of one person’s small decision can have concerning many others safety. Thank you to Suomen Pakkausyhdistys ry,, for organizing this course, we meet again.

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Pekka Paavilainen

Project manager
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