Who are you and what do you do at UPM Timber?
"I'm Jarno Merisalo, a production worker and Team Leader at the UPM Kaukas sawmill drying kiln in Lappeenranta, Finland. My job is to monitor the timber kilning process and product quality. In addition, I am the chief union steward at the sawmill and a deputy representative of the occupational health and safety committee."
What does your typical working day consist of?
"I work a day shift in the drying kiln, where I measure the moisture content of timber and monitor the success of the drying process for sawmill products, comparing the results with previous measurements.
I am in daily contact with production planning and sawmill operators to ensure the continuity of the kilning and that fill rates are maintained in the event of any production outages. I work with UPM Timber to develop processes and participate in the initiative committee.
As chief union steward, I work together with the employer's representatives to develop our cooperation forum. As a deputy health and safety representative, I am involved in promoting safety at work. Normally, about half of my working time is spent on kilning and the other half on personnel matters."
What are you most proud of in your job?
“There are always measures to take to improve timber kilning – it genuinely makes me glad when we improve the processes. I am proud of the strong professional skills and experience of my colleagues around me. The enthusiasm of our younger team members further complements our proficiency.
As for the positions which I have been trusted with, I take great pride in building bridges and in working with everyone I can to contribute to our processes and foster a more functional working community.