Norbord's Cowie, Scotland, plant becomes company's first outside North America to receive Safety Star certification

TORONTO , December 22, 2011 (press release) – Norbord’s Cowie plant is the first site outside of North America to receive Safety Star certification following its recent audit by external auditors looking at its safety systems.

Norbord has always placed a heavy emphasis on health and safety and plans to have all of its European sites Safety Star accredited by autumn 2012.

The Safety Star programme is based on OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and combines 23 of its own Safety Expectations into the programme. The end result is a safety system that goes well beyond regulatory requirements.

Barrie Shineton, President and Chief Executive Officer, in presenting the certificate and flag, said: “We’re very proud that the Cowie site has met Norbord’s commitment to be Safety Star certified and is Norbord’s first European mill to reach this important milestone.

“Cowie joins three of our North American mills that have already achieved this important milestone. I’m especially pleased that Cowie has set a strong example for our remaining European mills as they move their own certification process forward.”

The industry leading manufacturer, has passed several milestones in recent months. Having completed one year since its last lost time accident (LTA) in March 2011, and having worked half a million man hours since an LTA in April 2011.

Gordon Laing, General Manager at Cowie, said: “We have been working towards this goal for a few years and all of our safety programmes now exceed statutory regulations in North America and Europe which is a huge achievement for everyone involved.”

Steve Roebuck, Director of Health, Safety and Environmental Affairs at Norbord, said: “We set out to create and implement a new safety management system, incorporating all our procedures, in order to create a step change to move us to the next level in our safety performance.”

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