PotashCorp-Aurora reaches 200,000 safety observations

Published 8:46 pm Friday, July 8, 2016

AURORA — On June 17, PotashCorp-Aurora’s Light Keepers Program reached 200,000 observations, or person-to-person contacts regarding safety.

The Light Keepers process, established in 2003, has been an important part of PotashCorp-Aurora’s safety culture as an exposure based safety process designed to protect anyone who works at the site. An observation represents a “safety pause,” where trained observers talk with people in the field and give feedback about positive actions, potential hazards or at-risk behaviors. The Light Keepers process has matured into the Exposure Based Safety Process that gives everyone an opportunity to actively engage in safe work practices. It also includes traditional peer-on-peer observations, which play a key role in directing and guiding safety at PotashCorp.

“Going forward we are confident that the Light Keepers will continue to serve our site, helping us to achieve and maintain a level of safety to protect all who work here,” said General Manager Mark Johnson. “Our workforce is committed to becoming one of the safest resource companies in the world.”

In recent months, the Light Keepers Program has experienced an increase in the number of trained observers as well as observations made. The program now has approximately 650 trained observers and would like to expand in the future. This upward trend in contacts has a direct correlation to the number of people participating in Light Keepers and helps PotashCorp–Aurora live up to its expectations of being one of the safest resource companies in the world.

PotashCorp is the world’s largest crop nutrient company and plays an integral role in global food production. The company produces the three essential nutrients required to help farmers grow healthier, more abundant crops. With global population rising and diets improving in developing countries, these nutrients offer a responsible and practical solution to meeting the long-term demand for food. PotashCorp is the largest producer, by capacity, of potash and one of the largest producers of nitrogen and phosphate. While agriculture is its primary market, the company also produces products for animal nutrition and industrial uses. Common shares of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange.

PCS Phosphate Company Inc. (PotashCorp-Aurora) produces phosphate products for agricultural, animal nutrition and industrial uses. The Aurora Division, with more than 800 employees, contributes to eastern North Carolina’s economy through purchasing and community investment.