Resolute Thorold mill wins safety award

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Pulp and Paper Canada magazine names ‘Safest mills in Canada’

Congratulations to Resolute Forest Products mill in Thorold on being chosen as one of the safest mills in Canada for mill size Class C by Pulp and Paper Canada magazine.

Group photo of safety award winning workers

Joint Health and Safety Committee at Resolute Forest Products Thorold mill

“Our recognition comes with a lot of hard work from everyone at the mill and we are very proud of our accomplishments in keeping workers safe!” says Mary Dobbie, human resources manager. 

Reporting near misses helps raise awareness

“A few of the programs have been key drivers in our success: one being employee awareness at all levels using the RADAR risk analysis, which allows all employees to assess risk and corrective actions are implemented,” says Sue Abernethy, health and safety coordinator. “Level 1 near-miss near reporting also plays a key role in also identifying risk which is then evaluated using RADAR risk assessment, which stands for Recognize, Assess, Decide, Act, Report.

Chart of safety winners from Pulp and Paper Canada magazine

“Engineering controls on our chemical hot zones, as well as enhanced personal protective equipment in these zones, are examples of the many improvements made as part of our control program.”

Frontline workers have a duty

“Communication from workers to supervisors is an important tool in identifying and controlling workplace risks at our mill. The Joint Health and Safety Committee has played a big part in the selection of the RADAR risk assessment program as well as ongoing gap analysis through their inspections and monthly meetings,” says Abernethy.

Every employee plays a key role in the safety program, and the organization has seen a shift in safety culture and reliance on the Internal Responsibility System at the mill, adds Abernethy. Employees are encouraged to give feedback in a private and positive atmosphere, and the mill holds one-on-one safety conversations with employees at least two times per year, with discussions centred on achievements and areas for improvement. 

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Chart courtesy of Pulp and Paper Canada magazine