sustainability priorities


Embracing World-Class Safety Standards

We embrace world-leading safety standards at all our operations.

We are subject to US and Canadian occupational safety laws and audit our operations to measure and improve performance. All our operations are regularly audited by independent or regulated health and safety authorities to verify compliance with safety regulations and standards.

We view safety as a shared responsibility. Managers and supervisors are accountable for providing a safe work environment, training, and endorsing safe work practices. Employees and contractors are accountable for understanding safe work practices, reporting unsafe acts and conditions, being fit for work, and safely following standard operating as well as emergency preparedness procedures, all of which are prescribed in our Safety Playbook.

We have a formal health and safety policy and procedures for hazard identification and risk assessment at all our operations. Safety committees are established at all our operations, and they meet regularly to share information and best practices across operations.

We have a Drug & Alcohol Policy with zero tolerance for on-the-job drug or alcohol use by employees. Interfor was also the first licensee in British Columbia (BC) to require that all contractors undergo testing after an incident or if impairment indicators are present.

We have regular health and safety training programs and initiatives across all our operations and set targets for leading indicators to prevent incidents and injuries. Our Lost Time and Medical Incident Rates continue to decline.

2018 Achievements and Actions

Our medical incident rate in 2018 was 1.9, which is our best rating ever. This rating is the result of our employees’ commitment to embracing world-leading safety and environmental standards.

  Medical Incident Rate (MIR)

  • Three divisions—Grand Forks, Cedarprime and Perry Reman—went more than one year without a recorded safety incident.
  • Cedarprime completed a consultation audit by the Department of Labor and Industries which resulted in a high score of 97%.
  • Our Western operations aligned to create lockout and hot work policies, which both meet or exceed regulations.
  • Monticello developed a safety & training framework for the major capital investment projects taking place there.
  • The Western operations completed confined space assessments, rescue procedures and training for difficult at height rescues.
  • In our BC Woodlands operations, we installed dash cams in all Interfor fleet vehicles to assist with incident reconstruction and because we believe that monitoring improves driving behavior.
  • Interfor’s fourth Safety Committee Summit was expanded to bring together safety leaders from all Western operations as well
    as representatives from our Southern operations to focus on safety culture and set new targets for 2018.

I think the Safety Summit bumped the Safety Committees up to a new level. They saw the amount of time, effort and money that Interfor puts into safety. – Sean Murphy, Safety Coordinator, Port Angeles

  • All Southern operations now have locked access gates that enter into a lockout zone. To access, lockouts must be verified by a lockout verifier who has been trained and deemed competent in lockout before the lock is removed to access the area.
  • We created and implemented a standardized safety onboarding training program for our Southern operations to ensure each new hourly employee receives consistent information about Interfor’s safety programs and expectations.
Compliance Reference List
  • Interfor Board of Directors Environment & Safety Committee
  • BC Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
    • Part 26 Forestry Operations and Similar Activities
    • Part 27 Wood Products Manufacturing
  • BC Workers Compensation Act
  • The BC Fire Code
    • 2.8 Emergency Planning
    • Hazardous Locations
    • 5.3 Dust Producing Processes
  • WorkSafeBC certificates of recognition
  • BC Forest Safety Council SAFE Companies
  • US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
    • OSHA Law & Regulations
    • OSHA Wood Products
    • OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs
  • Oregon OSHA
    • Oregon Safe Employment Act
  • Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
    • Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act
  • South Carolina OSHA