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2013 SAFETY SUCCESS

ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS WORLD-CLASS PERFORMANCE ALLAN BOHN > Senior Director Corporate Health and Safety Fort Mill Operations Center

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ur 2013 health and safety performance was excellent. Thanks to a great second half, we recorded the lowest full-year average recordable incident rate in Domtar history with a 0.95 Total Frequency Rate (TFR). It also marked the first time our annual TFR was below 1.00. This is a 14% improvement over our 2012 performance and 10% better than the 2013 target. The positive result included working eight out of 12 months below a 1.0 TFR. For the last five months of the year, our TFR averaged 0.75. In all, there were 13 fewer recordable incidents compared to 2012. Key to our 2013 safety success was the fact that we ended the year with the fewest incidents in a quarter, an impressive achievement, especially for the fourth quarter. Hopefully, we have broken the previous pattern of poor safety performance in the last three months of the year.

Our 2013 TFR speaks volumes about the leadership and hard work that has been put forth day in, and day out, by employees. Enough can’t be said for those sites that went through the year injury-free and those that maintained excellent performance or made significant improvements compared to 2012. Thanks to this performance, Domtar is a safer company to work for. After significant improvements in consecutive years, we have taken another step towards world-class safety performance. These are reasons for pride and celebration.  

2013 SAFETY HIGHLIGHTS > Manufacturing and the mill system achieved record low incident rates of .95 and 1.05, respectively. The mill system had five sites with performance below 1.00 TFR and one site (Marlboro Mill) completed the year incident-free. The converting group tied their best-ever total number of incidents with five and a TFR of .83. Six of the 10 sites were incident-free for the year.

RECORDABLE INCIDENTS - TOTAL FREQUENCY RATES 2013 PULP & PAPER MILLS CONVERTING AND FORMS PLANTS

> Personal Care ended the year with eight

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total incidents. Each individual site met their target for number of incidents, which is significant given the amount of change and activity at these sites. Ariva Canada ended 2013 with three of six sites incident-free. However, with five recordables for the group, they did not meet their target for the year due to a difficult fourth quarter that followed eight consecutive incident-free months.

COMMON INJURIES An examination of our incidents continues to show that those involving hands and fingers, as well as soft tissue musculoskeletal incidents, lead the way in frequency. Hand and finger injuries continue to be the most prevalent throughout the company, accounting for about 38% of all injuries in 2013. The majority of 2013 incidents occurred due to slips/trips/falls, sprains and strains, pinch points, mashes and being struck by or against.

Q2

Q3

Q4

YTD

Q1

Q3

Q4

Q2

Q3

Q4

0,95

0,66

Q1

0.00

YTD

1,01

1,33

Q2

0.80

Q1

0.83

1.29

0.00

0.78

1.05

1.36

0.81

1.20

2.00

PULP & PAPER MANUFACTURING (Mills, Conv. & Office)

YTD

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