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
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.
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