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safety procedures. I place a strong emphasis on behaviour as above all else this makes the biggest diff erence. The way an operator behaves in a situati on can be the diff erence between an injury occurring or not, the way a manager behaves in a situati on can infl uence what is perceived as acceptable behavior more generally. I ensure that this expectati on is clear in an individual’s performance review and we regularly discuss in one- to-ones. As I have responsibility for several mills I am able to ensure sites learn quickly from each other, reapplying best practi ces quicker and taking advantage of our scale to share informati on.

PPL: Does SCA implement internati onal occupati onal health

and safety standards? JL: Yes. For example, SCA implements the internati onal OHSAS (Occupati onal Health and Safety Assessment Series) 18001 standard to ensure that uniform processes are deployed throughout the Group. This standard promotes a systemati c approach and conti nuous improvement of the work environment.

PPL: How many SCA sites have been certi fi ed according to OHSAS 18001? JL: By the end of 2015, 68 per cent of SCA’s main sites were certi fi ed according to OHSAS 18001. By the end of 2016, all of SCA’s main sites will be certi fi ed.

PPL: Has SCA developed its own safety standards?

JL: Yes. Over the years, SCA has systemised its work on health and safety issues and uses a number of group-wide key performance indicators relati ng to safety. Promoti ng concerted safety acti on and awareness with Global Safety has proven to be a tried-and-tested method to keep our colleagues safer at work. SCA conti nuously invests in staff training, its machinery and the physical workplace environment in conti nued support of its safety visions and targets.

PPL: Is there a safety-monitoring system in place at SCA? JL: Yes. SCA has a global reporti ng system for accidents and close-calls in place. Employees use it to report accidents and events that could have led to an accident. The system signifi cantly

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improves SCA’s ability to perform risk assessments and improve working methods. It also allows for best practi ces to be disseminated throughout the group.

PPL: Does SCA collaborate with trade unions on safety? JL: Yes. 74 per cent of SCA’s employees are covered by formal trade union agreements in which health and safety issues are addressed on a regular basis.

PPL: Does SCA also collaborate with its suppliers on safety? JL: Yes. SCA checks suppliers’ practi ces and collaborates with them to improve safety performance. The SCA Supplier Standard has been used in all supply chain contracts since the end of 2015.

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