The Health and Safety Commissions Paper and Board Industry Advisory Committee (PABIAC) lauded the evident improvement with statistics showing a downward trend in workplace accidents and significant reductions in major injuries.
PABIAC chair and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) head of manufacturing sector James Barrett said: It is very encouraging to see the positive affect the PABIAC strategy has had on health and safety standards in the paper industry.
By continuing our partnership approach between employers, trade unions and HSE, we are confident that there will be further reductions in the rate of accidents across the industry.
Since March 2004, members of the CPI paper and tissue making sector have seen a 33% reduction in accidents in their businesses with the amount of major injuries also reduced by 32%.
Of further encouragement is the fact that the number of slips and trips is down by 30% with a 17% improvement in the number of manual handling accidents.
CPI director general and PABIAC member Martin Oldman said: The papermaking industry has been working diligently over a number of years to significantly improve its health and safety performance and while more can be done, we are heartened by these results and anticipate further reductions in the rate of accidents across the industry.
Members of CPIs corrugated sector have also successfully reduced their accident rate by 48% while the recovered paper sector has seen a fall of 25% in major accidents even though it only joined up to the PABIAC strategy in December 2004.