At Resolute Forest Products, safety is a core value. We diligently pursue our goal of establishing a “total safety organization,” with a long-term goal of zero incidents and zero injuries at all our operations. Structures, clear roles and responsibilities (for everyone from the president and CEO to hourly employees) as well as safety management systems are in place to support and secure the safety of everyone at our sites.
Each facility has health and safety related documents on hand, including our event and incident reporting policy, which ensures that complete, consistent and relevant incident statistics are recorded. Health and safety professionals at each operation are responsible for entering information on every incident or high-potential near miss, which is then reviewed by corporate staff and packaged into a monthly report reviewed by the senior executive. This report also includes lagging indicators for use in injury prevention, and tracks corrective actions following an incident.
Resolute began tracking absenteeism and workplace incident-related disabilities in June 2014 in order to record absences, corrective actions, and any workstation modifications made to maintain operating efficiency.
2015 Safety Performance
In 2015, Resolute achieved the best safety performance in the company’s history. Our Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) incident rate was 0.66, below our target of 0.95 and representing a 20% reduction in total recordable injuries compared to 2014. According to the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Resolute’s performance ranks among the very best of almost 30 North American forest products companies.
Resolute’s OSHA incident rate has dropped from 1.51 in 2010 to 0.66 in 2015 – a reduction of more than 56%. We also achieved a 15% decrease in lost-time incidents,1 going from 27 in 2014 to 23 in 2015. Our company-wide severity rate2 for 2015, which measures the actual impact from injuries on the health of our employees, was 23 – a 29% decrease compared to 2014.
We will continue to work diligently to reduce the severity of injuries and the number of incidents. Our 2016 target is to achieve an OSHA incident rate of 0.92 or below and a severity rate of 25 or below. Resolute also measures and reports occupational disability and absenteeism rates. Occupational disabilities include any illness attributable to the work place or work activity, including stress or exposure to harmful materials, as well as work-related injuries. Absenteeism includes any days missed outside permitted holidays or other permitted absences.
In 2015, Resolute achieved an overall 4.7 near-miss ratio per employee (33,481 near misses reported), reflecting an increase in employee awareness and reporting of potential hazards or injuries. Employees across our operations made a sustained effort in 2015 to identify hazards and control risk exposure before undertaking their daily tasks.
Our goal in 2016 is to continue to ensure each employee submits two to three near-miss reports annually and to disclose near-miss ratios, management and reporting systems in future annual reports.
1 Lost time incidents are incidents that result in lost workdays.
2 The severity rate is calculated by adding the number of workdays lost to the number of restricted workdays due to injury, multiplied by 200,000 hours worked, divided by total number of hours worked.