AFPA Awards Dinner Recognizes Forestry Excellence
Jasper, Alberta, October 8, 2014 – At its 72nd Annual General Meeting and Conference, the Alberta Forest Products Association forest recognized the excellence of AFPA member companies, contractors, and employees. Awards were presented in several categories, including health and safety and lumber grading. An award in the Government of Alberta’s EnviroVista Program was also presented to an AFPA member.
AFPA President and CEO Paul Whittaker said, “We are proud of our industry and the people who work in it. Their dedication every day ensures safe and healthy workplaces, products of exceptional quality, and superior environmental performance.” Whittaker noted that the industry is a major social and economic contributor to 50 communities throughout the province and produces sustainably-sourced buildings materials and pulp and paper products.
The Health and Safety awards, co-sponsored by Alberta Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, recognize superior performance in forest industry health and safety. Recipients are chosen based on criteria that include participation in the Partnerships in Injury Reductionprogram, audit results, and on-the-job performance.
*phw is person hours worked
“Our member companies and their contractors work very hard to ensure that their facilities and woodlands operations are safe and productive places to build a career,” saidCarola von Sass, the AFPA’s Director of Health, Safety and Transportation. “Through strong partnerships between government and industry, we have seen consistent improvements in our safety record.”
Lumber Grading Awards
A lumber grade is the quality control standard seen on every piece of dimensional lumber, engineered wood applications, finger-joined and other glued lumber products. Lumber grading is linked to building codes, safety codes andCSA standards. Skilled employees at the mill site inspect and grade each piece of lumber produced. The Alberta Forest Products Association is the primary certification agency inAlberta, responsible for ensuring the quality control of each piece of stamped lumber originating from its members. Each year, the AFPA recognizes lumber graders that attain the highest certificate exam marks in three categories. The following awards are for the highest marks achieved in the AFPA Lumber Grade Schools held in the Fall 2013 and the Spring 2014.
Norm Dupuis, Director of the AFPA’s Grade Bureau commended the winners on their achievements. “Effective lumber grading is essential to consumer confidence in the safety and durability of our products. The winners should be proud of their dedication and contributions to the industry.”
EnviroVista is part of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development’s Partners in Resource Excellence program. To qualify as an EnviroVista Champion, companies must commit to an enhanced level of environmental performance. This includes participating in a stewardship agreement, implementing a robust monitoring system, demonstrating a sound level of environmental compliance, and having strong emissions performance.
Keith Murrray, Director of Environment and Forestry applauded Alberta Newsprint Company for their commitment to the environment. “Alberta’s forest products industry takes the environment very seriously. It is critical for the future of Alberta and our industry. Alberta Newsprint Company’s commitment and performance is outstanding.”
The Alberta Forest Products Association is a private, non-profit industry organization, representing lumber, panelboard, pulp and paper, and secondary manufacturing wood products companies operating in Alberta. AFPA member companies are active participants in sustainability advancements that contribute economic, environmental, and social benefits for Albertans.Back