- Our safety goal is to eliminate serious incidents and injuries
- We achieved a 10% reduction in our medical incident rate since 2016
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.
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
- Hazard & Risk Reduction
- Prevention Through Design
- Physical plant (Wood Dust Mitigation & Control, Process Safety Management)