The effectiveness and impact of the PABIAC initiative in reducing accidents in the paper industry
In the mid-1990’s, paper industry injury rates were causing serious concern, and the Paper and Board Industry Advisory Committee (PABIAC) sponsored research to examine the underlying causes.
Fieldwork discovered that standards of safety culture and safety management were both variable and generally inadequate. As a result, PABIAC set a target of reducing injury rates by 50% over 3 years and launched an industry wide initiative to improve standards.
In May 2001, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) initiated this research to find out whether the PABIAC initiative had been successful.
The project comprised on-site assessments at 8 sites, a questionnaire survey of all UK mills, desktop analysis of injury rate trends, benchmarking against similar initiatives and cost-benefit analysis.