A significant milestone happened for Domtar in Dryden. Today, May 23, the mill reached 1 year of recordable injury-free operations, a remarkable accomplishment not often achieved in the pulp and paper sector.
What makes this moment more significant is that it happened at the end of an 8-day scheduled maintenance outage which involved a significantly higher activity level and risks at the site.
Marie Cyr, the Mill General Manager, says, “The entire management team is so excited to be celebrating this remarkable achievement with our employees. It is a collective effort, where each individual who works here has made a focused effort to keep themselves and their coworkers safe each day.”
The company says that the reason the team operates safely is not to achieve milestones. They do that because it is the right thing to do to ensure they all return home safe and healthy to their loved ones.
Marilyn Findlay is the site Health and Safety Manager and says, “We are embracing a proactive safety culture in Dryden. Always thinking ahead and assessing risks before doing a job, no matter how big or how small, is the key to proactive safety management.”
The recognition comes on the heels of the Dryden facility being named the Safest Mill in Canada in its category in 2020 by Pulp and Paper Canada.
The annual contest recognizes the outstanding safety records of participating mills by ranking total recordable incidents from lowest to highest.