CONTRECOEUR, QC, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Arcelor Mittal will hold tomorrow
its first worldwide health and safety day since its merger to create the
world's largest and most global steel company. Mittal Canada, like hundreds of
other plants and operations around the world, will participate in this
internal effort to promote occupational health and safety as the number one
operational priority for every staff member.
The day is being spearheaded by Lakshmi Mittal, President and CEO, and
Joseph Kinsch, Chairman, who, along with the members of the Group Management
Board, will visit a number of sites around the world to emphasise the
importance of health and safety in the new company.
The aim of this day is not only to highlight the importance Arcelor
Mittal places on health and safety to its 330,000 employees, but also to
launch a new Health and Safety policy which will be applied across the Group.
The new policy has been created in consultation with employee
representatives, doctors and safety professionals. It aims to work towards
reducing the frequency and severity of accidents and the overall improvement
of individual health across the group.
Lakshmi Mittal stated: "We have said repeatedly since our merger that
health and safety is a priority in the new company. The aim of our worldwide
health and safety day is to help raise awareness of the importance of health
and safety in our day-to-day operations. Every employee has an important role
to play in achieving this, and by gathering everyone together across the
company we hope to highlight the importance of adhering to strict safety
guidelines at all times."
Mittal Canada's President and CEO, Denis Fraser, added: "Health and
safety is a priority which must be addressed every minute of every day.
However, it is important to dedicate one day each year to the issue to remind
people of the role everyone must play. This worldwide health and safety day is
an excellent way of bringing together new ideas from across our company and
sharing best practices with our colleagues from around the world."
Mittal Canada's employees at Contrecoeur, Longueuil, Montreal, Hamilton
and Detroit will be informed of Arcelor Mittal's new health and safety policy
and Mittal Canada's 2007 health and safety action plan.
As part of the health and safety day, employees will also be invited to
play a concrete role in reinforcing prevention throughout the organization by:
- encouraging the reporting of hazardous situations;
- ensuring proper housekeeping;
- ensuring compliance with sound work methods and procedures;
- ensuring the use of personal protective equipment;
- committing in 2007 to achieving a few tangible health and safety best
practices that would have a positive impact on their work sectors'
- taking a team approach to solving health and safety issues within their
respective sectors with input from health and safety delegates.
Mittal Canada belongs to the Arcelor Mittal Group, the world's leading
steelmaker, and constitutes the Group's Canadian hub. Based in Quebec, the
Company has 2600 employees and an annual production capacity of
2.5 million tons. It manufactures a wide range of high-quality flat and long
products sold in Canada and the U.S. for applications in the automotive,
engineering and other industries.
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For further information:
For further information: Daniel Robert, Vice-President, Human Resources
and Legal Affairs, Mittal Canada Inc., (450) 587-8709,