Brampton packaging company wins Ontario health and safety award second year in a row

Monday, September 29, 2014

Kruger containerboard and packaging plant wins sector safety award from Workplace Safety North

On September 17 in North Bay, Ontario, Workplace Safety North (WSN) – the provincial occupational health and safety expert for forestry, mining, and paper, printing, and converting sectors – recognized Kruger Inc. Packaging with a President’s Award, one of the highest provincial health and safety honours.

“We’re so pleased to recognize Kruger Packaging for its exceptional commitment to continuous improvement in occupation health and safety in the paper, printing, and converting sector,” said Candys Ballanger-Michaud, WSN President and Chief Executive Officer. As the representative from Kruger was unable to attend the awards ceremony, Ballanger-Michaud accepted the award on behalf of the company.

Photo of WSN and Kruger staff at Awards dinner

Workplace Safety North representatives with paper, printing, and converting sector award winner Kruger Inc. Packaging, from left to right: Carlos DaCosta (Safety Committee member), Fernando Jimenez (Local Union Vice-President and Safety Committee Co-Chair), Domenic Bot (Sales Manager), Mark Janicki (Converting Manager), Tom Welton (WSN Director), Lou Falcone (Maintenance Manager), Joe Oleiro (H.R. Manager and Safety Committee Co-chair), Jeff Haworth (General Manager), Michael Alvarez (Converting Supervisor and Safety Committee member), Dan Suess (WSN Consultant-Trainer), Rose Dugandzic (Logistics Manager), and Paul Domachevski (Production Manager).

“I know they’re very happy to win this award,” she said. “The staff at Kruger should be very proud of receiving this award – especially since it’s the second year in a row they’ve won! That means not only are they on the right path, but they help set the example for other companies in their industry.”

In a previous interview, Joe Oleiro, Human Resources Manager at Kruger, noted: “Participating in the Workplace Excellence Awards is a good way for organizations to benchmark against others. It’s not a question about winning or losing, but where can an organization improve. When it comes to health and safety we can always learn from others.

“We’re still striving to meet that milestone – where everybody goes home safe and healthy at the end of the day…I also want to thank Workplace Safety North,” he added, “they’re always there for us when we need them – to help us and guide us and we appreciate it.”
Established in 1904, Kruger Inc. is active in traditional industry sectors pulp and paper, forest products, and containerboard and packaging, as well as renewable energy, tissue products, wines and spirits, and recycling. The company’s mission is to ensure optimal resource management, and winning the President’s Award for workplace safety excellence is part of their stringent operation standards.

About WSN Workplace Excellence Awards
The purpose of the program is twofold: first, companies can complete an easy-to-follow assessment of their current health and safety programs. Once completed, businesses can clearly see areas for improvement and develop an action plan to improve safety performance; second, the program provides recognition to firms actively engaged in improving their health and safety performance. 

Companies that score 80 per cent or more on the self-assessment submit the completed assessment to WSN in order to receive a plaque that can be displayed in the workplace. WSN reviews the self-assessment and scores may be validated by an on-site visit from a WSN Field Consultant. All submitted assessments are automatically considered for the President’s Award. Scoring is based on the results of the self-assessment in combination with statistical performance of the past two calendar years. 

Top scoring firms in forestry, mining, paper, printing, and converting, and small business are presented with the President’s Award at the WSN annual general meeting each September. 

Download the Health and Safety Self-Assessment for WSN Workplace Excellence Awards
Accompanying Information Guide includes Frequently Asked Questions
WSN Workplace Excellence Awards Program website page