Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre to initiate a global safety award

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Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, are sole sponsors of a new RISI PPI Safety Awards category. The Safety Leadership Award will be conferred for the first time in March 2019.

PPI Awards are the only global awards that are dedicated to recognizing the achievement of companies, production sites and individuals in the pulp and paper sector. Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre want to promote safety within the pulp and paper industry. Safety is an important part of employer branding, wellbeing at work and it also creates competitive advantage. Thus continuous development and sharing best practices in developing safety is important.

“Safety is a shared responsibility. Both Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre are highly committed to safety issues, and we have already safety collaboration. Joining forces in RISI PPI awards and creating a new category for Safety award felt natural for both of us”, says Rune Årnes VP Health & Safety. “We wanted to collaborate on a safety award, in order to be in the forefront of safety for our workers and promote safety within the industry.”

“We have started safety cooperation with Ahlstrom-Munksjö few years ago. By collaboration and sharing best practices we learn from each other and develop the safety of the whole industry. We want to increase the safety level at the mills and among the whole supply chain with systematic and preventative safety work. That’s the main reason we wanted to create this safety awards category. We found that Ahlstrom-Munksjö and RISI are the best possible partners to make this with us”, says Camilla Wikström, SVP, Production, Pulp Business, Metsä Fibre.

The target for the new safety award is to recognize a pulp or paper production plant for their consistent management and meritorious commitment to occupational safety, long term performance and to encourage their continuous improvement within safety.

Safety is our mindset and everyone’s right

At Ahlstrom-Munksjö, we strongly believe zero accident is possible. We have set ambitious targets for continuous improvement, developing consistent safety practices and competencies. We focus on preventative activities, behavior-based safety interactions, safety inspections and auditing, and tailored safety training to ensure a safe working environment. Safety is our mindset.

At Metsä Fibre, a safe workplace is everyone’s right. It is our duty to take care of our own safety and the safety of our co-workers. By working safely, we are realizing our mission of being the most professional and skilled player in the pulp business and the most efficient company in the industry. We concentrate on preventive and well planned safety work. We also want to be the preferred supplier of premium bioproducts and services that support our customer’ business operations.

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