REGINA, June 17, 2020 – Today, BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions (BASF) celebrates a milestone 10 years without a lost time injury at its Regina production facility. The achievement reinforces that BASF’s health and safety culture and safety protocols to protect its employees from injury are working.
Over the last 10 years at BASF’s Regina site, which employs approximately 150 full time and seasonal staff, employees have worked more than 2 million hours and produced more than 250 million litres of agricultural products without any lost time injuries to safely deliver quality products on-time to customers across Canada.
This milestone is a testament to the steadfast commitment of the Regina team to BASF’s core value of safety, which serves as a guiding principle across the entire business, from the development and production of a product to stewarding proper application on the farm.
“Doing right by our employees, customers and partners is a top priority for BASF and our Regina facility, and forms the foundation of all our operations,” says Kaleb Grittner, Site Manager for BASF’s Regina-based facility. “This 10-year milestone is a testament to the commitment and diligence of our employees and a reflection of the ‘one team leading’ mentality that we have at BASF.”
The Regina facility’s enhanced protocols to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for employees includes annual health and safety training, a mentorship program for new employees, behaviour-based safety initiatives like safety moments, and 15-minute ‘tailgate’ meetings before every shift to help ground focus. Employees also have access to physician and nurse services onsite, in addition to mental health support.
“While this achievement wouldn’t be possible without annual training, clear safety procedures and ongoing risk assessment, the team’s attitude that every employee should go home safe at the end of the day is the main reason we hit this milestone,” said Grittner. “We strive to foster an environment where employees feel comfortable running through a situation or flagging a concern to ensure safety is kept top of mind.”
Built in 1981 and situated in the heart of Canada’s agriculture belt, BASF’s Regina facility covers a total area of 4.7 hectares. Of the site’s 120 – 150 employees (full time and seasonal), over 35 per cent have worked at the facility for more than 20 years and of the seasonal employees, over 90 per cent return to work at the site each season.
About BASF’s Agricultural Solutions division
With a rapidly growing population, the world is increasingly dependent on our ability to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture and healthy environments. Working with farmers, agricultural professionals, pest management experts and others, it is our role to help make this possible. That’s why we invest in a strong R&D pipeline and broad portfolio, including seeds and traits, chemical and biological crop protection, soil management, plant health, pest control and digital farming. With expert teams in the lab, field, office and in production, we connect innovative thinking and down-to-earth action to create real world ideas that work – for farmers, society and the planet. In 2019, our division generated sales of €7.8 billion. For more information, please visit www.agriculture.basf.com or any of our social media channels.
BASF Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, has over 1,200 employees at production facilities and offices located across Canada. BASF Canada is a subsidiary of BASF SE, and an affiliate of BASF Corporation. To find out more about BASF’s activities in Canada, visit www.basf.com/ca or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/basfcanada.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 117,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €59 billion in 2019. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.