Health and Safety

The Coillte Group is committed to achieving the highest possible standards in health and safety throughout the company.  Our goal is to achieve as healthy and as safe a working environment as possible for all of our staff, customers and stakeholders, with the aim of achieving a zero accident rate.

We strive to achieve this through a process of continuous improvement and, in particular, by ensuring that:

  • safety is an integral part of every business process;
  • we abide by all of our legal requirements in regard to health and safety;
  • our safety management systems and structures fully support all of our business processes;
  • all resources necessary are committed to the process;
  • our staff, customers and stakeholders are fully involved and consulted at all stages;
  • safety is never compromised for commercial or other purposes.

All of the group’s industrial workforce is represented in all health and safety committees.  In addition, all Coillte Group employees are covered by health and safety procedures aimed at ensuring consultation and information transfer. Structured procedures are in place to ensure that health and safety topics are addressed and any issues arising are dealt with through consultation with the parties.

Absenteeism due to illness or injury accounted for 251 days lost involving group staff in 2009. There were no fatalities involving staff.  Coillte adheres to all national programmes on the management of serious diseases and uses its Crisis Management Planning in this regard.  Safety and skills training on-going for all staff and Coillte operates a Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (HIRA) on operational sites in advance of work commencing, to identify, assess and control risk.

Along with an internal safety team, external auditors evaluate the Coillte Group’s compliance with Health and Safety policies through the annual forest certification process. 

In addition, the Medite MDF product range achieves the health and safety emission standard set by CARB (California Air Resources Board).

The California Air Resources Board, known as CARB or ARB was set up in 1967 and is a department within the cabinet-level California Environmental Protection Agency with responsibility for ‘clean air’. The goals of ARB include attaining and maintaining healthy air quality; protecting the public from exposure to toxic air contaminants; and providing innovative approaches for complying with air pollution rules and regulations.