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Featured Cascader: Pierre Morin, OHS coordinator at Cascades

Pierre Morin, health and safety coordinator

Pierre Morin is an occupational health and safety (OHS) coordinator at Cascades Tissue Group – Kingsey Falls. He’s been a Cascader since 2001: he started as a maintenance man, then became a raw materials purchaser before specializing in health and safety. He has a certificate in that field and one in business administration, and is currently completing his third, this time in human resources. Pierre is very involved in his community and is also the president of the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières’s Association générale des étudiants hors campus. We held a short interview with him to reveal more about this Cascader and the work he does.

Describe a typical day in the life of an OHS coordinator.

I have to uphold and enforce OHS rules and standards in my plant. My job includes writing reports following incidents and accidents in the workplace, investigating causes and finding solutions to prevent hazardous situations from reoccurring. I’m also managing Cascades’s action plan for replacing its fleet of propane forklifts with electric ones. That’s a new project I took charge of last year.


What do you like most about your job?

I like the teamwork. I work with plant employees and management equally. I also like that there’s no routine and that my schedule can change from hour to hour. My priorities can shift very quickly over the course of a day if something unexpected happens, and I love that aspect.


What is your biggest everyday challenge?

I have to make sure my employees come into work healthy and leave the same way… but with an empty lunch box!


Which one of the projects you contributed to makes you the most proud?

Managing safety during Cascades’s 50th anniversary. That was a very nice experience. Many events were held throughout the year without any incidents!


What’s your passion?

My great passion used to be hockey, until my first child was born! Besides that, I like spending time outside, tending my yard and my flower beds. In recent years, I’ve been focussing on my studies to get a bachelor’s degree.


What kind of guy are you outside of work? Are you still careful, or are you more of a daredevil?

I’m the careful kind! My neighbours make fun of me for mowing my lawn with ear protection and steel-toed boots.

Most of our Cascaders are very ecologically minded, but nobody’s perfect. What’s your environmental confession?

I consider myself an eco-minded person, but I think I should rinse cans better before putting them in the recycling bin!