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Accident rate halved at SCA’s UK mills

A range of activities that focus on accident reduction were held during SCA’s recent Global Safety Week. PPL asked UK operations director James Lang how it works

second time, has significantly contributed towards a substantial decrease in accident frequency within its six manufacturing facilities in the UK. This could be rolled out for its 44,000 employees working across SCA’s 80-plus production sites in 30 countries worldwide. In the past year, the UK


operations of the leading global hygiene and forest-products company reported a successful cut of more than 50 per cent in workplace accidents. In the same year two-thirds of UK operations also reported zero workplace accidents. A large part of this success has been down to the Global Safety Week initiative, which was launched for the first time in 2015 to highlight the company’s ‘safety

CA’s annual Global Safety Week initiative, which was recently held for a

first’ culture and to promote best- practice in the manufacturing industry.

SCA plans to build on these

existing safety successes in 2016, continuing to promote health and safety as a core company value externally whilst working towards the shared global vision of zero workplace accidents across all operations. During the recent Global

Safety Week 2016, SCA engaged employees at its six manufacturing mills in the UK; located in Manchester, Prudhoe, Stubbins, Oakenholt, Skelmersdale and Chesterfield, with innovative on-site training, safety workshops and community engagement initiatives. Alongside the dedicated

training and workshops, the mills, which produce SCA’s consumer and B2B tissue products, including household brands Velvet, Cushelle, Plenty and Tork, also launched a series of interactive activities. Such activities included a

hazard perception challenge at Manchester Mill, a health and safety guest speaker and Member of Parliament visit to Stubbins Mill and a demonstration from safety experts 3M on the effects of hearing loss and the importance of proper personal protection equipment at Prudhoe Mill. All activities were launched with

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the continued aim to reduce accidents and to keep SCA employees safer at work. “Our people are our most important asset, and their safety remains our key priority. In the UK, the Global Safety Week initiative has already made a substantial, positive impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of our colleagues – but we don’t want to stop there,” said James Lang, operations director for the UK at SCA. “Promoting concerted safety action and awareness with Global Safety Week has proven to be a tried-and-tested method to keep our colleagues safer at work, and we are excited to see how our second annual initiative can continue to drive further improvements in workplace health and safety in the UK.” To find out more about

SCA’s safety initiatives and the importance of its Global Safety Week, PPL asked James Lang the following questions:

PPL: What is SCA? JL: SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products company. The Group has headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, develops and produces sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products. Sales are conducted in about 100 countries. In the UK and Republic of Ireland, SCA has around 1,500 employees across

“In the past year, SCA’s UK sites have reported a successful decrease of more than 50 per cent in workplace accidents,” says James Lang, operations director for the UK at SCA

nine sites, including six tissue production mills.

PPL: Is SCA’s vision of zero workplace accidents really achievable? JL: Yes. In the past year, SCA’s UK sites have reported a successful decrease of more than 50 per cent in workplace accidents. In the same year two-thirds of UK operations have also reported zero workplace accidents.

PPL: What is the current accident frequency rate at SCA? JL: The current accident frequency rate worldwide is already decreasing significantly. Across all global operations in 2015, accident frequency was 6.3 per million hours worked, a decrease of 31 per cent compared with the reference year (2011).

PPL: How successful has SCA already been in reducing the number of workplace accidents? JL: Across all global operations,

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