SCA Timber Supply UK celebrates Health & Safety Awareness
SCA Timber Supply UK celebrated Health and Safety Awareness Week, from September 26th to 30th with an event organised by the wider SCA Group.
The week of safety action across the entire group aimed to raise awareness of safe working practices and their ‘safety first’ culture in order to drive down workplace accidents.
The SCA group is a leading global hygiene and forest products company. The Group develops and produces sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products. With sales conducted in about 100 countries the Group has about 44,000 employees. SCA Timber Supply UK comprises of 3 business streams located over 4 sites; Stoke, Welshpool, Melton and Cumbernauld. They supply a range of timber and associated products to the home improvement and building material sector.
Several activities took place across all four of SCA’s UK sites with the main focus on changing behaviours. A Fork Lift Truck (FLT) awareness activity provided an opportunity for non-FLT drivers to operate an FLT within a safe environment. “Safety walks” were conducted by senior management visiting from Sweden and the UK to identify any risks or hazards that could cause an accident. Fresh fruit was provided at all sites to encourage staff to eat healthily.
SCA also issued goody bags to all colleagues. Each bag contained a pedometer, “Safety first” mug, dried fruit as a healthy snack, a stress ball, information on wellbeing and a reflector for cycling in the dark. The hazard awareness identification activity is the finale to the week with three winners each taking home a £50 voucher.
“The bags were just one of the suggestions put forward by colleagues to celebrate Health and Safety Week” says Lynsey Pace, SCA Timber Supply HR manager and coordinator for Health & Safety.
“We have always been focused on the safety of our colleagues at work which is reflected in the reduction of lost time and minor accidents in the last three years. Our Welshpool site has had zero lost time accidents for two years now, a testament to our tight safety procedures. Safety Week will reinforce the message to all of our colleagues that safety always comes first”.