We cannot control the weather, but we can prepare for it.
We work to keep our employees and communities safe, protect our physical assets, and ensure our customers have the products they need. In the calm after the storm, we strive to restore normal operations as safely and quickly as possible, while working with local authorities and organizations to help our communities recover.
The connection between well-being and safety is a straight line. That is why Domtar’s well-being and safety initiatives go hand-in-hand in keeping our colleagues healthy and safe.
Our data and experience show that colleagues who are too tired to carry out their tasks properly or not feeling well because of stress and/or chronic health conditions, are more injury and accidentprone. They may also unintentionally place co-workers at risk. Having employees come to work physically, mentally and emotionally prepared can minimize these situations.
As humans, we all make mistakes. Recognizing and dealing with this truth is at the core of Human Performance Improvement (HPI), an approach Domtar is using to stimulate new thinking and best-in-class performance in safety management.
No production gain or business benefit is worth an injury. That is why we work relentlessly to physically eliminate hazards and minimize risk of injury. And it is why we promote a safety culture that reinforces the vigilance and accountability that help maintain the right behaviors. It is also why we link safety to our performance management systems.
Active Awareness and Prevention Programs are in place across our locations, supported by dedicated safety and well-being experts, industry-leading methods and tools, and our leadership teams.
“As we face the challenges of our changing industry, we are strengthening our organization by bringing in new talent, and by developing and leveraging the skills of our existing employees. Our company’s values of agility, caring and innovation have never been more important to our success, and people with different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences enhance each of those values.”
National Diaper Need Awareness Week draws attention to the issue of diaper poverty in the United States. According to the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), one in three U.S. families struggles to provide enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry and healthy.
With dreams of a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) since high school, Marie Cyr graduated as a mechanical engineer from L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, joined Domtar in 1995 as a project engineer and soon transitioned to maintenance engineer. “I was the first female engineer at Windsor and the stakes were high,” Cyr recalled. “I realized very quickly I wanted to lead a team, and no challenge was too great for me to tackle in order to reach that goal.”
Our mill in Windsor, Quebec, serves a global export market. Customers appreciate the sustainability of the Windsor operation and the local forests that support it.
While we have always used locally grown wood to make paper, there are some important benefits from shortening the distance we haul from the forest to the mill.
With 50,000 trucks hauling wood annually, and an average haul distance to the mill of 120 miles, road safety, truck noise, greenhouse gas emissions, and labor availability are some of the issues we manage every day along with controlling freight costs.