HOW WE MANAGE SAFETY
To ensure our safety system is consistent and effective, our senior management team and board of directors are actively involved with regular reporting and discussion. We review our safety systems, update our company and business-level safety goals and aligned plans, implement adjustments and improvements, and equip leaders and employees with a safety toolkit that includes:
- Our Company Vision includes safety as one of our core values
- Our Safety Vision
- A personal safety pledge document
- An individualized safety goal in everyone’s performance management plan
- Our companywide and business-specific safety metrics
- Our template for annual risk-based safety planning
- A Weyerhaeuser-developed risk-assessment tool
- Our Health and Safety Policy and safety standards
- Our audit process for assessing compliance with regulatory and company standards and driving continuous improvement of our safety management system
- Our standard process for reporting and investigating incidents
- Our online incident-tracking tool
- Online training for all employees
We also understand that, to prevent injuries and continuously improve our safety performance, we must learn from our safety incidents and near misses. We require that all incidents be reported, recorded and investigated according to defined processes based on incident type and severity. Causes must be identified, and action must be taken to prevent recurrence. We collect and analyze information about work-related injuries and illness, environmental incidents, near misses, hazard observations, property damage, fires/explosions and vehicle incidents. And, most importantly, we regularly communicate with employees what we have learned.
As part of our risk-based approach, our locations identify their highest safety risks annually and complete specific activities throughout the year to mitigate or eliminate those risks. As a company, we set annual prevention-focused safety goals, and our businesses and sites align their safety plans to these goals. We track our progress toward these goals, as well as serious incidents and incidents with serious potential, and share key learnings and preventative actions in companywide communications within 60 days.
HOW WE MEASURE SAFETY
As an example of our long-standing safety culture, we set a bold, long-range goal in 1990 to reduce our recordable incident rate more than tenfold. RIR is the number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration-defined recordable injuries and illnesses that occur in 100 workers working in one year. Our efforts since then have resulted in a significant reduction in both the number and severity of injuries, with a drop in our RIR from over 10 in 1990 to 1.62 in 2022. We are proud to have achieved this long-range goal, but even with a lower RIR, some of the injuries we still experience — while few — are very serious. For us, that is unacceptable. We know achieving our injury-free goal is possible because many of our locations already go 12 months on a rolling basis without injury.
As part of our path to injury-free operations, we are focused on achieving zero life-altering serious injuries and fatalities. To take our safety performance to the next level, we have de-emphasized our focus on tracking all recordable incidents and intensified our focus on proactively eliminating the most serious injuries from our workplace. We regularly review safety incidents, risk-identification reports and near-miss incidents; implement corrective actions; and apply key learnings across our organization.
The deliberate shift away from more traditional lagging safety metrics, such as RIR, which measure events that have already occurred, to a risk-based approach focused on preventing SIFs reduces the number and severity of serious incidents.