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Welcome to RIPA’s new newsletter format. “RIPA in the News” will enable the association to provide you with timely information about the association’s activities. We still have a few upgrades to make to the new format, but in the meantime we are very excited about this new way to communicate with members.

Paul Rankin, President      C.L. Pettit, Technical Director
Rick Schweitzer, Counsel      Bonnie Cunningham, Meetings & Events


Table of Contents

  • Message from the Chair
  • RIPA, ICCR and the "Carbon Project"
  • RIPA, EPA and VOC Emissions
  • RIPA Takes Over Memphis
  • Renewal of "M" Numbers and SP-6323 (IBCs)
  • RIPA Advises OSHA on Potential Heat Stress Rule
  • RIPA and IPANA Fall Conferences, San Diego

Save the Dates

RIPA 81st Annual Conference
October 12-14, 2022
The U.S, Grant Hotel
The Gaslamp District
San Diego, CA
Co-Located with IPANA Oct 11-13
Suppliers Exhibition
Morris Hershson Award Ceremony 

Chair’s Message 

Tim O'Bryan

Dear Members  – RIPA held its first full, in-person conference in 2-½ years last week in Memphis, TN. I am happy to report that attendance was strong, the mood was great, and the agenda was packed with important topics and action items.  Additionally, I am happy to report that the association is in excellent financial condition and well positioned to take on the many tasks that lay ahead.


ICCR Begins Industrial Packaging Carbon Project

The International Confederation of Container Reconditioners wants every purchaser of industrial packagings in the world to know that using reconditioned containers reduces emissions of greenhouse gases.

ICCR is a global group representing private container reconditioning companies.  It is governed by the three principal trade associations representing Japan, Europe and North America.  ICCR members also include the South African reconditioning association and reconditioners operating facilities in China.



RIPA & EPA Region 5 Agree to Work Together on
VOC Emissions Issue

RIPA and EPA officials Region 5 have agreed to work together to develop a testing protocol to measure emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at wash facilities for steel and plastic drums and IBCs.  Both parties anticipate the effort will be more efficient and cost effective than requiring each company to conduct its own emissions tests.
Region 5 EPA officials have been working with several RIPA members for the past two years to gather data on VOC emissions from reconditioner’s wash operations.  The Agency believes that some reconditioners have not been properly regulated in accordance with their emission status.  When RIPA became aware of the enforcement effort, the association opened a dialogue with the Agency to ensure that future enforcement measures would be applied fairly across the membership and take into account the needs of small businesses.





U.S. DOT  - RENEWAL OF "M"  NUMBERS and SP 16323


Beginning in November 2017, U.S. DOT began putting registered “M” numbers on a 5-year cycle for renewal   M-Number holders were given one year to write into DOT and preserve their number(s).  RIPA assisted members in fulfilling this task.

Members should look in their files for correspondence from DOT re-establishing their M Number(s)   Many are coming due for renewal.    

RIPA provides members an M #  letter to renew.

Similarly, the IBC Special Permit SP 16323 has recently come due for renewal for several members.   RIPA has helped these several members submit for renewal.   Several others are coming due this fall.  Check with RIPA if you are unsure of your renewal date.

Again, RIPA provides a basic SP renewal letter to assist in this regard.

U.S. OSHA - Managing Heat Stress in the Workplace

On October 27, 2021, U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeking comments on ways to address heat stress in the workplace.   

In official comments submitted to the Agency, RIPA noted that "......the mandated plans, equipment and training contemplated here by OSHA are more than needed for a small, flexible workforce with an engaged owner/operator.”

Significantly, OSHA typically exempts from most of its rules  a workforce of under 20 people.

RIPA continued: “ In our workplaces, a  medical emergency (involving heat stress)…could be addressed quickly and thoroughly.   Often it is just a common sense measure that does the greatest good.”

The timeline for future action by OSHA is unclear.   A broad stakeholder virtual meeting was conducted May 3, 2022.   RIPA will continue to report on this issue.

A copy of RIPA's complete comments can be seen  HERE

RIPA / IPANA Co-Located Annual Conferences
The U.S. Grant Hotel

San Diego, CA
October 12 – 14, 2022

IPANA Oct. 11-13

Located near San Diego’s amazing Gaslamp Quarter, The U.S. Grant has been welcoming guests to downtown San Diego for more than 100 years.   This iconic hotel provides an ideal location from which to explore the city, the San Diego Zoo and nearby Balboa Park.  This hotel checks all the boxes: Great location; Four Diamond cuisine; Spa; and all in a setting that is nothing less than spectacular. 

Special Feature: The Morris Hershson Award of Merit Ceremony   Honoree Mr. Spencer Walker.   
More information is coming your way soon!
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