Reaching the Fullest Potential in the Workforce Through Safety, Well-Being and Expertise

The safety, well-being and expertise of all employees is critical to the success of Sappi North America.
Sep 23, 2015 8:30 AM ET

Through our innovative safety culture, health and wellness programs and ongoing training, we are able to attract and retain highly skilled people and help them realize their fullest potential in the organization.

Health and Wellness
The continued health and happiness of our people is critical to our culture, recruitment efforts and the future of our company. That is why Sappi remains committed to exploring new ways to help employees improve their well-being. Moving forward into 2015, we are proud to say that we have made enhancements to our wellness incentive program, which enables all salaried employees to receive monetary rewards for the completion of a wide variety of healthy behaviors. Sappi has also continued working with Cigna’s Mobile Learning Lab to bring wellness directly to the workplace. The travelling 18-wheeler truck allows our employees to participate in hands-on wellness stations in order to promote the importance of preventive health and positive lifestyles.

Our Common Purpose, Teamwork and Constant Safety Messages
Sappi’s safety vision is simple: zero injuries. That’s why our commitment extends far beyond legal and regulatory compliance to a culture of vigilance. Our unique approach combines pre-emptive risk identification, constant communication, teamwork and process refinement in order to protect employees and company property.

We keep safety at the top of employees’ minds with relevant and actionable programs that challenge them to proactively identify potential hazards. Once potential hazards are identified, teams seek first to understand them and then control and minimize exposures within our operations. Clear and open lines of communication allow us to continually refine our processes. Our three North American paper mills are OHSAS 18001 certified, and our Allentown converting operation is an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program site.

At Sappi, safety is always at the forefront of everything we do.

Six-Year Safety Performance
At Sappi North America, safety is our top priority. The chart above looks at both Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) and severity rate, important measurements for tracking work-related incidences resulting in injuries that reduce an employee’s physical capability. Severity rate is an annual measurement of lost time and restricted days per 100 employees, per exposure hours worked. Severity rate indicates the length of time employees are out of work or are unable to perform their work due to physical restriction caused by work-related injuries. We focus our safety efforts on eliminating high hazard exposure to our employees and contractors, and we are proud that our performance in 2014 was among the best in company history using severity rate as a measure.

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