AF&PA member Resolute Forest Products knows this all too well. David Marshall, Resolute’s Director of Sustainability & Public Affairs, spoke to us about what safety means to him and his company.
Marshall joined Resolute in 2017 and has a background in political science and urban planning. Throughout his career, he’s acquired certifications that have helped him see the value in sharing safe practices and to appreciate how vital they are to our industry.
With safety on his mind, he knows his colleagues at Resolute have it on theirs too.
Resolute has some 7,000 employees and 40 facilities across North America, which means there are a lot of people to account for when it comes to safety.
For Resolute, creating an injury-free workplace is at the heart of everything they do.
This is one of the reasons why they created their Board of Directors Safety Award program in 2008.
“The award was established to provide an additional incentive for Resolute employees to improve their safety performance – by directing donations to community organizations chosen by employees when major safety milestones are achieved,” Marshall said.
More than $2.5 million have been donated to local organizations in Resolute operating communities since they started tracking these contributions in 2010.
Resolute’s Menominee (Michigan) recycled pulp mill demonstrates the benefits of the Board of Directors Safety Award Program.
The mill reached 1.75 million hours without a single recordable incident, a milestone that represents a stretch of 8.5 years without incident.
Along with their safety program, Resolute has created safety pillars to help drive focus on health and safety across their operations. The pillars include:
- One-on-one safety commitment discussions to reinforce expectations that employees work safely.
- Hazard recognition, which is performed prior to undertaking any task, allowing employees to evaluate, control or halt a hazardous task, while greatly reducing the potential for injury.
- Near-miss reporting that engages employees in the company’s health and safety processes, while providing site management teams with risk recognition data that is used to maintain the daily proactive mindset that prevents injuries.
With these pillars and incentives, Resolute is protecting their greatest asset: their people.