PN story misstates Spartech net sales
As a former employee and current stockholder of Spartech Corp. I was immediately drawn to the front page article about Spartech in the Feb. 14 issue of Plastics News [``Profit slump spurs shifts at Spartech''].
The last paragraph states: ``Spartech recorded sales of $750.5 million for fiscal 2004, which ended Oct. 30.'' Spartech's annual report for 2004 reports net sales of $1,121,725,000.
Since this information is readily available it seems that your source did not research the information for this article thoroughly. I hope this is not the case with other information published by PN.
Donald R. Giles
Water Valley, Miss.
Canadian standards extensive in scope
First let me thank you for publishing the recent article that highlights the Canadian Plastics Sector Council's recently released National Occupational Standards [``Canadians develop standards for safety,'' Jan. 17, Page 8].
Since we have been getting calls from interested individuals about our standards as a result of your article, we felt it necessary to inform you that your article was somewhat inaccurate in calling our standards ``national occupational safety standards.''
Although our standards do contain competencies relating to workplace health and safety, they are much more comprehensive than simply ``safety standards.''
The CPSC National Occupational Standards outline what a skilled worker does in his or her job. They describe the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to perform job functions properly. The CPSC NOS describe a variety of occupations related to injection molding, blow molding, extrusion and fabrication, and we have plans to develop more standards in thermoforming, composites, rotational molding and thermoset processing.
We would encourage you to examine our NOS by visiting our Web-based Standards Management System. Simply go to our Web site at www.cpsc-ccsp.ca and click on ``Occupational Standards.''
Thanks again for your article.
C. Charles Brimley
Canadian Plastics Sector Council