Holcim Canada dedicates a day to safety and focuses on learning from 'near miss incidents'

TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - For the third consecutive year, Holcim (Canada) Inc., a leading producer and supplier of products and services for the construction industry, is dedicating a day to Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S). Today, all of its 3,000 employees will take part in various activities to help them be more aware of the dangers that surround them in the workplace and work in a safer manner. This initiative complements the safety related activities implemented throughout the year.

"Building a strong safety culture through our ongoing OH&S programs requires time, but since we introduced our Safety Day initiative, we have made tremendous progress," says Paul Ostrander, President and Chief Executive Officer, Holcim Canada. "When we launched the program, we decided to address the most pressing issue, namely reducing the number of injuries occurring in the last quarter of the year. The following year, we focused on the frequent but less severe types of incidents. And this year, we are addressing incidents that almost cause injuries or equipment damage, also known as 'near misses'."

Holcim Canada sees 'near misses' as a great opportunity to adapt processes and procedures. These types of incidents do not result in any damage, but because they could have, lessons can and must be learned from them. And this is what the company is focusing on during this year's Safety Day. Sharing this information across divisions and regions is also a big part of this year's initiative as it could help prevent similar 'near misses' - or even incidents - from occurring at other locations.

Recognizing employee contribution through President's Awards

As has been the case for the last two years, President's Awards for OH&S Excellence will be awarded to employees or teams of employees that have made a difference in the management of health and safety at their site. The program, which will be launched today, will encourage employees to submit initiatives they have put in place at their site to help improve safety. "We are looking for simple, easy to implement solutions that make a big difference," explains Paul Ostrander. "We also want as many of these ideas as possible to be transferable from one business unit to the other," he concludes.

Safety is Holcim Canada's number one priority and the company continuously strives to achieve its objective of ZERO HARM TO PEOPLE.

About Holcim (Canada) Inc.

Employing approximately 3,000 Canadians and generating annual revenues over $1.3 billion, Holcim (Canada) Inc. is a leading producer and supplier of products and services for the construction industry, serving customers across Canada.

With majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents, Holcim Group is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates as well as further construction activities such as ready-mix concrete and construction services.

SOURCE Holcim Canada Inc.

For further information:

Jacinthe-Pascale Gratton
Manager, Internal Communications
Tel: 647-248-9143
E-mail: jgratton@holcim.com

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