A STRONG COMMITMENT TO HEALTH AND SAFETY
At Paper Excellence, safety is our prime focus through the entire organization from our tree nursery to our manufacturing locations to our distribution center. We believe in helping protect our employees and contractors by providing safe working environments that meet all regulatory requirements.
Safety is of vital importance as it sets the tone for the manner in which we make our products and strive to improve our entire organization. Our safety management systems have adopted best in class approaches to measure our short and long-term performance and drive continuous improvement along the forest products value chain.
OUR SAFETY PHILOSOPHY
All of our facilities have site specific safety policies that help define their safety programs. In general, our overarching safety philosophy is:
Paper Excellence is committed to protecting its employees, contractors, visitors, and property from harm or loss resulting from our business activities. It is our belief that a truly successful operation will not cause injury to anyone. Our goals of making great improvements in production, quality and overall reduction of costs can go along with world class safety.
We are committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment in all our facilities by maintaining a Health & Safety Management Program that ensures we utilize industry best practices and complies with legislation in each jurisdiction where we operate.
We will ensure excellent health and safety performance through an atmosphere of collaboration, positive management, continuous improvement and re-enforcement of best practices.
We will constantly strive to identify and eliminate hazards or substandard conditions which may lead to illness, injury, property damage or security losses.
All employees, regardless of position, are required to support and participate in the company Health & Safety Program, and to perform their functions according to established guidelines, procedures, and training. Contractors and visitors also must comply with and support our programs.
It is our responsibility to ensure that everyone is held accountable for their actions and practices that could endanger the health and safety of any employee will not be tolerated. Working safely is a condition of employment.
There is no job that is so important that it cannot be done safely.
OUR SAFETY APPROACH
Our safety approach is founded on the internationally accepted hierarchy of controls which emphasizes elimination of risks instead of controls or protective equipment. At Paper Excellence, we first seek to remove or replace hazards with lesser ones, before adopting approaches to isolate employees from risk. Our final and least preferred methodology involves either modifying how employees work around equipment or fitting them with personal protective equipment to reduce significance of injuries. This hierarchy is embraced by leading organizations as the right way to achieve world leading safety performance.
OUR SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Each of our facilities has a safety management system that is the heart of their safety program and our systems drive us toward continual improvement in all facets of safety. The eight key components of our program are reflected in the diagram.
MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENT
Our management leadership and commitment reflects our safety policies and the unwavering commitment from our company and mill leaders to pursue best in class safety performance. And the belief that all injuries are preventable.
SAFE WORK PROCEDURES AND WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS
Our safe work procedures and written instructions guide our employees on how to operate our equipment.
TRAINING AND INSTRUCTION OF WORKERS
Our training and instruction of workers is key to providing our people with the tools and knowledge to safely oversee our facilities and their processes.
HAZARD IDENTIFICATION AND CONTROL
Our hazard identification and control procedures are critical to proactively identifying dangers within our facilities and building out solutions to those challenges before operations are started.
INSPECTIONS OF OUR WORKPLACES
Inspections of our workplaces play a key role in ensuring that we constantly monitor the safety conditions for our workers and involve and empower them to undertake these audits creating better knowledge and ownership of safety.
INVESTIGATION OF INCIDENTS
Unfortunately, investigation of accidents and near misses is an important tool in understanding root causes of events as an approach to developing and implementing solutions to prevent recurrence.
Our program administration captures our safety performance data and tracks issues relating to incidents, corrective actions and investigations. It also sets annual priorities and goals for each mill to maximize its safety performance.
JOINT HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEES
Our joint health and safety committees are critical venues for the company and union leadership to jointly develop and deploy safety programs, discuss safety improvement opportunities, and to work to overcome complex problems – ensuring transparency in our safety programs and the protection of all workers.
In 2018, the company purchased over 110,000 pairs of gloves (of numerous varieties) to help protect employees hands.