Domtar recognizes safety as an essential element of our success and sustainability. That’s why our safety goals are a priority in our sustainability agenda moving toward 2030.
While we work deliberately to avoid any type of injury, the most serious injuries — those that are life-altering — are the focus of our safety goals. These injuries can significantly affect employees or contractors and have long-term consequences.
“We are working to identify and eliminate all gaps between ‘work as imagined’ and ‘work as performed,’” says Larry Warren, Domtar’s senior director of health and safety. “These efforts will help us reduce all types of injuries and particularly those with the potential to be life-altering, while continuing to build a just culture for all people at Domtar facilities.”
Safety efforts at two of our mills have received recognition recently: The Dryden Mill in Ontario was named the safest mill in its category by Pulp and Paper Canada. Additionally, our Hawesville Mill in Kentucky received the Governor’s Health and Safety Award.
As we look to 2030, we have set two ambitious safety goals and identified pathways to achieve them:
1. Attain zero actual serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) for employees and contractors, with a focus on SIF prevention.
We’ll work toward this goal by enhancing proactive prevention programs across all of our facilities with a consistent, company-wide approach.
We also will shift from tracking OSHA’s total frequency rate (TFR) to tracking OSHA’s lost-time frequency rate (LTFR), which offers a stronger correlation to SIFs.
2. Reduce our lost-time frequency rate (LTFR) by 63 percent from 2020.
Domtar aims to be in the top decile of similar companies reporting LTFR data to the American Forest & Paper Association. We’ll also work to reach an annual safety goal of 0.10 or less by 2030.
To achieve this, we’ll be tracking leading indicators and focusing on managing risk assessment efforts and behaviors that result in reduced exposure to life-altering events.
“As we developed these six focus areas for our sustainability agenda the next several years, we knew that safety goals will continue to play a vital role,” says Paige Goff, vice president for sustainability at Domtar. “While many people equate the term ‘sustainability’ with nature, we know there is nothing more important to our sustainability than the health and safety of our colleagues and communities.”