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Working safely puts practices in focus and boosts safety as well as efficiency. For the first time, Stora Enso organizes Good Safety Practice Awards as part of Safety Week at the end of April.

Working safely comes alive in good practices

“We want everybody to get home safe from work, every day. To achieve this, we must ensure a safe working environment and safe choices are made every day at work,” emphasizes Wolf Willems, Head of Safety at Stora Enso.

To highlight good practices and safe choices made throughout the organization, Stora Enso celebrates this year’s Safety Week with the theme ‘Working Safely is our choice’. The week will include virtual mill visits, inspirational lectures and numerous local activities as well as the first group-wide Good Safety Practice Awards in three categories: Controlling Safety Risks, Developing Safety Culture, and Safety Innovation.

“Sharing good practices enables learning from others and celebrating the good ways of working while also putting more focus on safety,” Willems says.

Building up a positive safety culture

Among close to a hundred good safety practices identified during the campaign, Forest Finland’s safety coaching for contractors supports forest machine and timber truck drivers with trained coaches to take safety development further,” defines Paula Rytkölä, Safety Expert at Forest Finland.

“The aim is that coaching encourages drivers to give and receive feedback on safety as well as trains them to report unsafe procedures or activities,” Supply Manager Tuomas Ala-Varvi adds.

“We already see an increase in the number of safety notifications made. Additionally, the coaching has resulted in many fruitful discussions about safety. One important learning is how to give positive feedback on safety,” summarises Jussi Keränen, Superintendent in one of the contractor companies, Moto Team Tauriainen.

“Creating good safety practices together serves to build positive health and safety culture – a topic that is the theme of ILO’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work celebrated on 28 April,” Wolf Willems concludes.

Stora Enso Safety Week is celebrated between 25 April and 1 May.