October 18-25, 2004

UPM Miramichi certified to ISO 14001, OSHAS 18001 standards

After more than two years of concentrated effort, UPM Miramichi has achieved certification to international standards for both environment and health and safety at its New Brunswick kraft pulp and paper mill complex. With Miramichi's certification, the UPM group has now achieved ISO 14001 environmental certification at all of its paper mills worldwide.

The Miramichi operation has been certified to the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management systems and the OSHAS 18001 (Occupational Safety and Health Assessment Series). UPM Miramichi was advised of its success by QMI, a division of the CSA Group, which conducted the external, third-party audits for certification.

This registration also means that UPM Miramichi's paper and kraft pulp mill complex has an Integrated Management System (IMS) combining an ISO 9001-2000 quality system (re-registration achieved by the paper mill in 2003), the ISO 14001 environmental management system and an OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety management system. The IMS is managed using a computer based information system that enables employees to access all policies, procedures and work instructions so that job tasks are performed consistently while minimizing incidents related to quality, environment and safety.

"The IMS is a highly valuable resource tool for employees as we work to maintain and continuously improve upon the standards we commit to through certification," noted Juusi Juuti, technical director at UPM Miramichi. Regular audits by a certification registrar must be conducted and passed in order for the company to maintain its certification.

"The certification project was more than two years in the making, involving a team of more than 40 employees from all departments," said Timo Suutarla, UPM Miramichi's senior vice-president and general manager. "QMI's confirmation of our success is excellent news for the entire project team and for all employees."

"Our QMI auditors made special note that there are several well developed and effective systems in place at Miramichi," said George Azedo, QMI operations manager. "These included the environmental training process, the emergency response team and equipment, occupational health and safety implementation and improvement, and the high level of knowledge and skill of the operators interviewed by the auditors."

More information is available from Sharon Pond at UPM Miramichi, 506/627-5019

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