The focus of this year’s United Nations World Day for Safety and Health at Work is addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases in workplaces – undoubtedly a predominant concern right now for health and safety personnel everywhere in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At Resolute, employees are working hard to produce essential products during the pandemic, and their health and safety remain our top priority. We are following all government guidelines, and have implemented a number of additional measures and actions to further protect our employees. We commend each of our employees for respecting these guidelines and incorporating them into their existing routines.
Resolute’s approach to protecting employees during these difficult times goes hand-in-hand with our proactive health and safety practices already in place. As our track record indicates, Resolute is well equipped to ensure a safe work environment. In 2019, we surpassed our annual Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) target incident rate by recording a rate of 0.49 – our second best performance ever. Two Resolute operations recently achieved one million hours without a recordable injury; namely, our Saint-Thomas sawmill and Resolute-LP – Larouche engineered wood facility, both in Quebec. We are proud of our world-class safety performance and our continuous efforts to identify opportunities to improve upon it.
Once the initial COVID-19 crisis period is behind us, companies worldwide will need to think about workplace health and safety in new ways. On United Nations World Day for Safety and Health at Work, we commit to meeting these emerging challenges while maintaining the standards we have worked so hard to achieve.