Since respect for the individual is a core value at Cascades, management has established clear practices in regard to OHS. The department's objectives are supported by a comprehensive action plan tailored to each of the company's production units. The overall process involves replacing systems and procedures, and developing training programs and result control procedures in a context of integrated OHS management. This major change, which started early in the new millennium, has resulted in a constant decrease in the frequency and severity of accidents at Cascades.
|Lost time frequency rate (OSHA)||Per 200,000 hours worked||4.3||3.8||3.2||3.3|
Empowerment of Managers
In 2006, Cascades established new OHS directions, which gave increased responsibility to managers in all categories. Managers were assigned specific tasks subject to regular follow-up and for which compensation was based on reaching set objectives. The plan was a success: 88% of managers, from group presidents to floor supervisors, achieved the desired results, with 5% even managing to exceed them. These results demonstrate just how serious Cascades is about health and safety, and how committed it is to continually improving in this area.