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Health and Safety

Our commitment to employee and contractor safety is our highest company value. Leadership and employee involvement has formed the foundation of our improvement over the last decade. From our senior leadership to our front-line supervisors, visible, consistent commitment to safety makes a significant impact. Our leaders hold themselves and others accountable for demonstrating caring, safe behaviors and correcting hazardous situations. Our employees are fully engaged and share responsibility and accountability for safety. Our journey to an injury-free Weyerhaeuser is well under way.

We have two health and safety goals associated with our Sustainability Roadmap:

  • A recordable incident rate of less than one
  • More than 90 percent of manufacturing facilities operate injury-free

We achieved our goal of a less-than-one recordabld incident rate, and we have demonstrated this performance is sustainable. In 2012, 75 percent of our facilities operated injury-free, below our internal milestone. Our results show that we are placing the correct level of attention on employee and contractor safety and have the right processes, training, tools, communications, activities and behaviors in place.

Health and Safety Strategy

Our companywide strategy, "Safe from the Start: Our Journey to Injury-Free," defines five basic elements of our approach to managing safety:

  • Demonstrate caring leadership
  • Be employee-driven
  • Do the basics well
  • Focus on the greatest potential improvements
  • Recognize and manage risk

Our key companywide tools that support this approach include:

  • Annual companywide performance objectives
  • A standard process to report and investigate incidents
  • A database to manage incident data
  • An audit process to assess regulatory compliance and continuous improvement
  • Online training available to all employees
  • Robust communications

Safety Performance Metrics

Safety incidents and fatalities
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
United States and Canada  
Employee RIR1 0.98 0.85 0.86 0.96 0.76
Contractor RIR2 1.08 1.06 1.22 1.05 0.86
Days-away case rate (employees) 0.41 0.34 0.33 0.32 0.30
Days-away rate (employees) 19.61 17.54 12.21 12.50 13.9
Fatalities worldwide  
Employees 1 0 1 0 0
Contractors 1 0 1 2 2
  1. Employee data includes supervised contractors.
  2. Contractor RIR data does not include contractors from our real estate subsidiaries.

Health and Safety Policy

It is our core policy and highest priority to protect the health and well-being of all employees through the prevention of injury and illness at work. This commitment is based on caring for our employees. View our full Health and Safety Policy here.


Business activities will be conducted to:

  • Focus on preventing incidents to achieve a workplace that is free from work-related injury and illness and to enable employees to complete each workday and their work life in good health
  • Achieve full compliance with all applicable legal requirements and company standards
  • Identify and respond to any public health impacts of our operations and the use of our products and services
  • Treat injured employees with dignity and respect and provide the best medical treatment for workplace injury and illness
  • Effectively manage illness and injury and reduce associated costs
  • Maintain a workplace free of the effects of alcohol and other drugs of abuse


We also have a contractor safety policy, which states our contractors and contract transportation providers will conduct themselves in a manner fully consistent with all applicable safety standards, including governmental requirements, operations and facility-specific safety requirements and contractual requirements. Our employees using contractors will take appropriate steps to ensure contractors’ compliance, including:

  • Development and adherence to contractor screening and selection criteria.
  • Development of clear safety requirements/expectations in the contract documents.
  • Complete implementation and monitoring of contractor performance against safety requirements.

Health and Safety Exchange

The Health and Safety Exchange is a primary way we assess and improve the health and safety management systems at our locations. All North American operations are reviewed against the following criteria (or a subset) annually.

  • Leadership in health and safety
  • Employee-driven
  • Work-site analysis
  • Incident investigation
  • Hazard prevention and control
  • Inspections
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Health management/occupational health
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Training
  • Business focus activities


We conduct health and safety regulatory compliance audits in all of our manufacturing businesses to ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements and company standards. In 2012, we received four health and safety compliance citations and paid $12,085 in health and safety fines and penalties.

Incident Investigation and Reporting

To prevent injury, a company must learn from its safety incidents and near misses. Our incident investigation standard requires that all incidents be reported, recorded and investigated according to defined processes based on the type and severity of the incident. Causes must be identified and action taken to prevent recurrence.

Our Safety and Health Information Management System enables us to report incident data and the resulting investigation information, track the progress of corrective actions, analyze company trends and identify potential risks in health and safety. We collect and analyze information on:

  • Work-related injury and illness
  • Environmental incidents
  • Near mishaps
  • Hazard observations
  • Property damage
  • Fire/explosion
  • Vehicle incidents
  • Process loss
  • Product damage


It is not acceptable for any person lose his or her life while working for us. Unfortunately, we experienced two fatalities in 2012:

  • On May 9, 2012, a contract employee died after being struck by an upending log as he was setting a choker.
  • On June 15, 2012, a contract employee died after being struck by an object while a turn of logs was being yarded over steep and rocky ground.

Both incidents were reviewed by our senior management team and board of directors after thorough investigations. Lessons learned from the incidents were communicated to all employees and appropriate contractors, and the recommendations were implemented.


Accurate reporting and recordkeeping provide a solid foundation for tracking and analyzing incident trends so we can implement effective safety processes and prevent injuries. We expect accurate recordkeeping, and we work diligently to ensure a high level of accuracy through recordkeeping audits and training. Our recordkeeping accuracy rate for 2012 was 95 percent, meeting our goal and above the average level found by OSHA inspections at companies across the United States (90 percent).

Last updated July 3, 2013