Canfor's Safety Policy

Safety Comes First At Canfor

Canfor is committed to providing a safe and healthful working environment for all employees and all others required to provide services at Canfor work sites.

Canfor's occupational health and safety objectives are:

  • Take all reasonable care to prevent work related accidents and disease through the recognition, evaluation, control, and wherever practical, the removal of hazards
  • Promote the awareness of occupational health and safety issues and safe work practices and procedures
  • Ensure all work sites maintain effective health and safety systems
  • Support employee involvement in all aspects of occupational health and safety
  • Communicate our health and safety performance to our Board of Directors, Shareholders, Employees, and other interested parties

Occupational health and safety in Canfor is a shared responsibility. The following areas of responsibility are essential to the overall success of this policy.

Management must:

  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive occupational health and safety program
  • Conduct regular health and safety audits and implement appropriate action steps
  • Facilitate active employee participation in health and safety initiatives and programs
  • Provide the necessary education and training in safe work practices and procedures for supervisors, OH&S committee members, and all employees
  • Communicate known or reasonably foreseeable health or safety hazards to which employees are likely to be exposed by their work
  •  Ensure there are emergency response plans in place that detail timely and appropriate actions to be taken in response to emergency situations
  • Develop and maintain effective disability management programs that provide all employees, affected by disabling occupational or non-occupational injuries or illnesses, with an early return-to work evaluation process

Supervisors must:

  • Ensure that all employees under their direction receive proper training and instruction and that all work is performed safely
  • Ensure that employees are made aware of all known or reasonably foreseeable health or safety hazards in the areas where they work
  •  Initiate actions and follow-up in order to maintain a healthy and safe working environment within their areas of responsibility

Employees must:

  • Take responsibility for avoiding risk to themselves and others and following all known safe work rules, procedures and instructions
  • Eliminate all accidents by working together to identify any potential hazards in the workplace and to take the appropriate corrective action
  • If necessary, notify a member of their Joint Health and Safety Committee or a Management representative of any potential health and safety concerns or near misses

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