An employee engaged in operational work at one of our sawmills.

Health and safety

SCA’s most important goal is that everyone should return home healthy and unscathed from work. Our ZERO program enables us to work methodically with issues linked to health and safety.

In the ZERO program, we have created a toolbox containing a number of important tools, such as life-saving procedures and risk assessments. One central starting point is that all accidents are preventable.

Our initiatives include:

  • preventive efforts to identify and address shortcomings and risks.  
  • reporting and analyzing events that have occurred to identify the underlying causes. This allows us to implement measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.
  • changing our behavior. One key element is behavior-based safety (BBS), a methodical and simple approach to alert each other to work safely. All employees are expected to become involved and be proactive. 
  • training our leaders and workers on occupational health and safety.
  • an annual health and safety week, with numerous activities for all employees.

Each unit has a clear safety organization, local targets and action plans. Health and safety work at our mills is certified in accordance with ISO 45001.

All employees have the right to stop work if the situation is perceived as unsafe. 

This systematic work with health and safety has produced clear results, though we have not yet reached our goal. We are continuing to strive toward our vision of zero workplace accidents.

Occupational health services

All SCA employees have access to occupational health services. Occupational health services provide work-related health services in addition to proactive efforts in the areas of health and well-being. It works on a strictly confidential basis and also conducts random drug tests.