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Mills speak Out about
safety recognition and
Survey of North American pulp and paper
companies shows that nearly 70 percent of
companies have some type of program
In December 2014, the Pulp and
Paper Safety Association (PPSA) conducted
a survey among nearly 100 pulp and paper
companies in North America to determine
what proactive safety recognition/incentive
programs were used within the industry.
Following are the results:
Do you have a safety recognition (incentive) program that is based on proactive
Sixty-nine percent of respondents indicated
they had some type of program. Programs
* Giving out "safety bucks" for attending voluntary safety committee meetings, offering good safety suggestions, correcting a
safety situation or participating in a safety
audit. The bucks can be used to order items
* Holding quarterly safety challenges, such
as: "Find four things wrong with this
photo." Completion of eight photos within
three months earns a prize such as a folding snow shovel, an emergency hand crank
radio or jumper cables. Other quarterly
challenges have included safety crossword
puzzles and safety quizzes. Some companies also offer a mill-wide prize for reaching 150 near-misses reported within three
* Giving away shirts, jackets and meals to
celebrate safety, quality or production
* Operation of an online system for submitting hazard observations and near-misses.
* Having departmental safety committees
conduct meet and greets with coworkers.
* Celebration of safe days without injury
with events such as cookouts.
* STEP card participation, safety committee
participation and safety audits.
One mill that did not have a formal program
reported it thanked people informally for
submitting hazard observations, pre-task
analysis, safety catches, suggestions for
improving a process, and so on. Another
mill reported that it had moved to a point
where employees participated because they
recognized the value of safety, but they no
longer gave prizes to celebrate safety, quality
or production milestones.
Describe proactive metrics/activities
* Near miss reporting and training
* Percentage of employee involvement.
* A customized "rate Your state" card used
by employees to evaluate their own mental
state before performing a task. The card
also has a pre-task checklist to ensure that
everything possible is done to ensure the
task is done safely, and there is a goal each
quarter to submit a certain number of
Safety observations using SafeStart principles as a guideline.
Inspections conducted by safety committee
members of their own areas.
Operate recordable injury free and average
four 10' Circle of Danger risk assessment
cards for a 30-day period.
Joint Safety Committees that monitor performance against behavior-based safety
metrics, including employee participation
rate, present at-risk behaviors, reduction/
elimination of hazards, safe work procedures and CAP closure.
Hourly onsite safety representatives
encourage participation in site safety
Risk assessments for nonstandard work,
job safety observations for standard
work, departmental safety improvement
Observation-based monthly safety targets
and individual safety meeting completion
rates (online, pure safety).
Near-hit reporting, safety observations, safety inspections, pre-job hazard
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