Resolute and employees at our Kénogami (Quebec) mill are being recognized once again for our award-winning safety performance and innovative spirit.
In 2015, Resolute achieved the best safety performance in our company’s history. Four of our facilities reached or surpassed 1 million hours without a recordable injury. Our Baie-Comeau (Quebec) paper mill and our Maniwaki (Quebec) sawmill both achieved 1.5 million consecutive operating hours without a single recordable injury, making them the first Resolute operations to reach this milestone.
Resolute recorded a world-class Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) incident rate of 0.66 – a 20% drop over 2014.
There’s a lot of talk about occupational health and safety in our operations, but are we walking the talk? From the numbers we’re seeing and the recognition we’re earning, the answer is a resounding YES.
Until we calculated the numbers for 2015, 2014 was our best year ever in terms of safety performance. Our OSHA incident rate then was in line with world-class safety performance. And we also saw a significant 22% reduction in total recordable injuries compared to the year before.
Just getting to 250,000 hours without a recordable incident in any industrial environment is an important feat. That’s why our directors’ safety award uses this number as a milestone. But when an operation starts logging hours in the millions, its people are doing more than following good protocols, they’re living a culture of safety.
Risk management audits can be a messy and tedious experience, but not for Maintenance Manager Jason Zorn and Safety Manager Jason Triest at our Menominee (Michigan) pulp mill. All the information they need is on a shelf in three-ring binders that hold a neatly organized history of the operation’s preventive maintenance (PM) work.
As dramatic footage from this summer’s wildland fires reaches our screens, we are reminded of the devastating power of nature. But in light of the theme for the 2015 National Forest Week – wildland fires – we thought we’d take a look at a few questions about forest fires. What are the causes, why fires are important – especially to the boreal – and when do you just let it burn?
We are excited to share that Resolute was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Health, Safety & Environment Program of the Year – in Canada and the U.S.A. and that our Vice President Environment and Climate Change, Pascale Lagacé, was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in Woman of the Year category in the 12th Annual International Business Awards!
The International Business Awards (IBAs) are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2015 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories.
At Resolute, safety and community relations go hand in hand. Having surpassed its milestone of 250,000 injury-free hours, our Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill team was awarded $5,000 in charitable donation dollars from Resolute’s Board of Directors Safety Award program. This year, the Joint Health and Safety Committee representing the workers and management chose to donate the proceeds to the upcoming Ronald McDonald House Charity Golf Tournament to be held in August.
Resolute’s corporate culture puts a strong emphasis on ensuring that both our company, and the contractors we work with, operate according to the same high standards for workplace safety, ethical operations and transparency. While it has been relatively straightforward to assess and measure our own results, it’s harder to track the progress of our contractors.
How our Kénogami specialty papers mill used teamwork, innovation, a kettle and a fire hose to design a new chemical protective suit.
Pulp and paper mill employees working in proximity to dangerous chemicals must wear chemical protective suits. This has always been company policy, but a serious incident in 2012 prompted Resolute to become even more rigid about the use of personal protective equipment. The disposable suits we were using were hot and uncomfortable, so we had new, breathable suits designed out of CarbonX®, a flame-retardant fabric.
At Resolute, we take a proactive, preventive approach to safety, encouraging our employees to identify and report potential hazards in order to stop accidents before they occur.
Calhoun has seen a busy few months on its social calendar. First it won the county economic development authority’s Innovator of the Year award this summer. Then, by the fall, its team was standing in front of the cameras again. This time they were handing two sizeable cheques to regional Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity representatives.
Those who work “manual labor” – such as farm equipment mechanics, mushers and bush pilots – are always happy to introduce the TV host of “Jobs de bras”, Patrick Groulx, to the basics of their jobs.
Resolute’s plan to invest $90 million for three major projects in Northwestern Ontario is well underway and includes a new sawmill in Atikokan, the upgrade and restart of our idled Ignace sawmill, and the production capacity increase and building of a wood pellet plant at our Thunder Bay sawmill. The projects will create about 175 new jobs in the region – not to mention many indirect jobs in areas like harvesting, hauling and forest management.
Over the past five years, recordable injuries at Resolute’s mills have fallen from 307 to 90 per year, resulting in a world-class OSHA rate of 1.02. First aid incidents, which cover everything from light scrapes to minor burns, are down 55% since 2008. And adopting a proactive mindset, employees filed 23,000 “near-miss” reports in 2013 – that means 23,000 potential incidents were prevented.
These figures are anything but accidental.