Rayonier’s safety team trains hundreds of loggers and contractors


NORTHAMPTON, MA /ACCESSWIRE/November 22, 2022/ Although safety has always been a priority at Rayonier, we have recently strengthened our commitment by adopting safety as a core value. After all, priorities can change, but our commitment to safety must be fundamental. We hope this increased focus on security will encourage employees, contractors and even competitors to take a hard look at their own security practices and see how they, too, might evolve.

Rayonier, Tuesday, November 22, 2022, Image from the press release

Bill Monahan, Director of Western Forest Resources at Rayonier, describes his own safety evolution as one from passive to active: “Early in my career, I thought of safety almost as if it were a condition or just the environment I was in. is it safe or not safe? Now I think of safety actively, almost as a mindset or a commitment to a set of behaviors.”

Creation of a series of training sessions for the workforce of logging contractors

Last April, in an effort to encourage our contractors to move their own safety programs from passive to active, the Rayonier Safety Department launched an ambitious series of workforce safety training events. work of contractors from coast to coast who have brought together Rayonier safety experts and contractors to focus on best practices and OSHA training standards.

A core team of 12 Rayonier employees and safety consultants traveled from city to city and, with the help of more than 100 Rayonier volunteers from offices across the country, conducted 15 sessions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana , Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

As of late June, this effort has kept more than 650 contractors and 100 Rayonier employees current with OSHA requirements and prepared them to implement their own active, written safety programs by 2023. .

Mark Hebert, director of Eastern Forest Resources, described the trainings as “a way to demonstrate our commitment so that we can have the credibility to go to our contractors and convince them that we need to do this together”.

Designed to help us learn from each other

The event’s unique format was designed to keep attendees engaged throughout a full day of training. During each event, participants were divided into small groups that moved from one 30-minute panel discussion to another. This allowed participants to hear from eight different security professionals as they learned to develop, maintain and improve their own security programs.

Discussions covered topics such as maintaining a safe work environment, determining which OSHA standards apply to their business, developing an effective safety program, maintaining records that meet the requirements of the OSHA and navigation invaluable safety tools to help manage and strengthen their program.

Some of the larger events had close to 100 attendees, but by breaking into smaller groups, attendees were able to get to know each other and engage in more thoughtful discussions.

While many contractors shared common challenges, like how to keep workers focused on safety while meeting production goals, others offered unique solutions to common problems, like making new workers more visible by making them wear a different colored helmet as they learn to navigate a hazardous work environment.

The contractor workforce safety training activities were designed by Tracie Gibbs, Director of Safety at Rayonier. Tracie is passionate about giving people the tools they need to stay safe both on and off the clock: “Safety is about people, and we can’t close our eyes or overlook the fact that this industry needs help. It’s not about trees. . It’s not about real estate. It’s a question of people. From road builders to loggers, beaver hunters, truckers and brushcutters, every individual is worth the incredible effort Rayonier has put into facilitating these training sessions.

Safety decisions can change our industry

Logging is still one of the top three most dangerous jobs in the United States, and it’s important to remember that the safety decisions each of us makes affect more than ourselves – they also affect our families, our colleagues and the families of our colleagues.

During his presentations, Tom Hoffman of Site Safety Services LLC provided a compelling perspective to attendees. Early in his career, Tom was crushed by a rolling log and lost part of his right arm. Several months into his recovery, he decided that when he finally got out of the hospital, he would go to work safely. He then spent most of his career working for OSHA and investigating over 300 deaths in Oregon.

When asked why he agreed to participate in Rayonier training events, Tom replied, “You never get over it when someone gets hurt. You never forget what it looks like or what It looks like. Being part of this training has allowed me to talk about some of the things that I’ve seen and done, and it helps me get through it.”

“Hoping” we’re safe isn’t enough

Presenter John Boren, owner of RÄV EHS Consulting LLC, said that when he asks each employer what they do to provide a safe workplace free from known hazards, they often respond that they “hope to make it enough and hope never to have a serious incident. It is important to understand that hope is not really a health and safety strategy. We want to be more deliberate in thinking about the safety of our teams. We want to use specific tools that make our workplaces safer.

Kathy Brooks, Safety Specialist at Rayonier, explained why taking a step back is so essential to evaluating the effectiveness of a safety program: “There is always room for improvement, so it’s important to identify the things you’re doing well and find ways to improve the parts that aren’t working. Continuous improvement is the goal.

At Rayonier, safety is a way of life, and we believe it’s time for the wood industry to take a step back and rethink our approach to safety. Our security programs should not be kept confidential; they should be shared – with contractors and with competitors – so that we make rapid and dramatic progress that strengthens the safety culture not only of a company, but of the forest industry as a whole. Worker safety benefits everyone. We are proud of our safety team for taking a step in the right direction with these contractor workforce training events.

Article written by Karie Kermath, Rayonier security specialist.

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