Safety

  • Our safety goal is to eliminate serious incidents and injuries
  • We achieved a 10% reduction in our medical incident rate since 2016

Our goal is to eliminate serious incidents and injuries

We believe safety is a Core Value and Business Priority, that all accidents are preventable, all employees must have ownership of safety and that safety is performance-based and must be managed.

We provide safety leadership, measure and evaluate leading indicators, proactively manage safety and continually improve, have effective Safety Management Systems for employees and contractors and meet or exceed compliance with health and safety regulatory requirements. For us, safety excellence is also operational excellence.

We firmly believe that our company’s safety success depends on every person’s active involvement and enthusiastic participation. Our Health and Safety Policy, in conjunction with our Safety Goal, sets out the overall objectives and principles for occupational, health and safety management within our safety system.

Within our safety program, we have identified key responsibilities for Management, operating site manager, employees and contractors, as detailed in our Safety Policy.

Health and safety statistics

We track common safety statistics, and the focus of our attention on the leading indicators of safety performance. These include near-miss incident recording and field level hazard & risk assessment activities that have a demonstrated correlation with safety improvement.

In 2015, West Fraser implemented a long-term Safety Improvement Plan (SIP) that focused on leading indicators as a measure of safety performance, a broad range of risk reduction strategies and prevention by design for the implementation of best practices across the Company. The Program has identified three key areas where improvement to our processes and initiatives would help to eliminate or mitigate the rate of serious incidents and injuries within the company. They are:

Safety Program and Systems Development

  • Recording, reporting and a focus on leading indicators
  • Education, training and leadership
  •  Safety Program and System Development
  • Serious Injury Fatality Determination & Root Cause Analysis

Operations

  • Hazard & Risk Reduction
  • Prevention Through Design
  • Physical plant (Wood Dust Mitigation & Control, Process Safety Management)

 

Safety Culture Development & Risk Tolerance Reduction

An internal company safety team is tasked with ensuring all divisions have access to, use and implement company safety plans, practices, coordinate the appropriate safety training for all personnel and that safety improvements are implemented as new safety risks and hazard are identified, and safety remedies are circulated.

West Fraser’s safety audit protocol incorporates 26 elements and approximately 275 questions about safety equipment, planning, preparedness, risk assessment and hazard prevention.

  • Contractors and contract workers are required to be educated in and comply with all health safety rules imposed by West Fraser, the Contractor and local OH&S Regulations. Further, contractors must receive a safety indoctrination before they begin work at any West Fraser site.
  • West Fraser is a member of the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC), an industry-funded and directed Health and Safety Association (HSA) for BC Harvesting, Manufacturing and Wood Pellet sectors. West Fraser is an active participant in the Council’s Manufacturing Advisory Group (MAG), which helps support industry to achieve continuous improvement in safety performance across the industry. MAG's core goal is to achieve workplace environments free of injuries, incidents and near miss events. 
  • Our operations in B.C. are certified SAFE Companies by the BC Forest Safety Council as part of the Manufacturers Advisory Group (MAG) audit tool.
  • Our operations in Alberta are certified to the Partners in Injury Reduction (PIR) Program through Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board and administered by the Alberta Forest Safety Association.