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  • UPM reduced lost time accident frequency by 70% in 2012-2014 period

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    UPM reported reduce of work-related accidents as a result of the three year program called “Step Change in Safety 2012–2014”. According to the company, it decreased lost time accident frequency (LTAF) by 70% from 15.2 in 2012 to 4.4 in 2014. The total number of lost time accidents globally decreased from over 550 in 2011 to 155 in 2014.

    The “Step Change in Safety 2012–2014” initiative engaged all UPM employees in a joint mission to improve the company’s safety culture and safety performance. The pervasive program renewed the foundations of safety work by shifting focus to preventative measures, such as proactive risk identification and management.

    One cornerstone for safety work are UPM safety standards, which were put in place during the initiative. The standards define the minimum requirements for safety performance and operations, and they are common to all UPM units around the world. The company plans to focus in perfecting the local implementation practices the next three years period.

    In 2015 UPM launches a practice in which all UPM employees will be provided a regular refresher safety training to make sure that all the latest information and practices is in use.

    About UPM:

    The company is largely focused on fibre- and biomass-based businesses, recyclable raw materials and products. UPM integrates bio and forest industries and jperates across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America) and UPM Plywood.

    Source: Woodbizforum