Safety is a core value at Resolute. Every employee – from the mill floor worker to the president and chief executive officer – is responsible for identifying potential safety hazards and helping create an injury-free workplace. We maintain world-class standards and continuously measure and improve our safety efforts and results.
We take a proactive approach to risk control by combining management and supervision with individual accountability, supported by a stringent safety management system that includes employee training and awareness, audits and monitoring, as well as employee participation through local joint health and safety committees.
Our new safety audit process requires supervisors to review individual performance with employees six times a year based on six quality-execution criteria. We can then track the number of facilities reporting risk of injury as well as the effectiveness of the safety audit process at each facility. Risk assessments are also undertaken on our operations’ service providers, including maintenance and transportation contractors.
Recordable Incidents and Severity of Injuries
Since 2014, we have achieved annual Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable incident rates below 1.0, which is considered world-class safety performance. In 2017, we recorded an OSHA incident rate of 0.66, well below our target of 0.90 and matching our best-ever performance achieved in 2015. Twenty-six operations completed 2017 without a single, recordable injury.
The company’s severity rate1 – indicating the number of workdays lost or restricted due to injury per 100 full-time employees – decreased to 18.25 in 2017, below the annual target of 24 and our lowest severity rate ever. This is equivalent to 1,464 lost or restricted workdays, or 18 workdays per 100 full-time employees.
We will continue to work diligently to reduce the severity of injuries and the number of incidents. Our 2018 target is to achieve an OSHA incident rate of 0.75 or below and a severity rate of 19 or below.
Occupational Disability and Absenteeism
Resolute also measures and reports occupational disability and absenteeism rates. Occupational disabilities include any illness attributable to the workplace 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.
Last year, 95% of hourly employees submitted two to three near-miss incident reports. Of the 41,500 reports submitted, 85% were reviewed and closed. Our goal for 2018 is to ensure all hourly employees submit three proactive near-miss reports and to continue to disclose near-miss ratios as well as management and reporting systems in future annual reports.
Across our operations, nearly $5 million was spent in 2017 on safety guards, ergonomic equipment and walkway security measures. We also purchased close to $2 million of personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of the implementation of our general, chemical and hot material PPE procedures.
1 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.