IAPA recognizes six Ontario businesses that champion workplace health and safety

    TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ - IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention
Association) recognized six Ontario businesses today as champions of workplace
health and safety at the inaugural presentation of its highest honour, the
President's Award.
    "I believe there comes a time to celebrate achievement, not just for the
excellence inherent in it, but for the excellence it can inspire in others,"
says Maureen Shaw, IAPA President and CEO, at the launch of the President's
Award at IAPA's annual health and safety conference and trade show, Health &
Safety Canada 2007.
    Canadian Blue Bird Coach Ltd. in Brantford, Casco Inc. in London, Lyndon
Security Services Inc. in Sarnia, Plastiflex Canada Inc. in Orangeville,
Steelcase Canada Ltd. in Markham, and Sulco Chemicals Ltd. in Elmira are the
first recipients of IAPA's President's Award. Before an audience of more than
1,000 people, the six firms were recognized for exceptional health and safety
performances, as well as a commitment to health, safety, and wellness through
mentoring and community outreach opportunities.
    "The recipients of the 2007 President's Award each represent a different
kind of business operation, everything from a bus manufacturer to a producer
and supplier of corn-refined products to a supplier of security services. Yet
there's one common element, workplace health and safety is a priority," adds
Shaw. "Excellence in health, safety, and wellness is not exclusive to one
workplace over another. Rather, it's attainable to those individuals who say
injuries, accidents, and illnesses in the workplace are not to be tolerated
and then put the practices in place that see to their reduction and
    The President's Award is only available to members of IAPA. In order to
be eligible for consideration, Canadian Blue Bird Coach, Casco, Lyndon
Security Services, Plastiflex Canada, Steelcase Canada, and Sulco Chemicals
had to meet an extensive list of criteria that measures a company's health and
safety performance, as well as commitment to workplace health and safety:

    -   Record zero critical injuries or fatalities, as well as zero charges
        or convictions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act or
        Workplace Safety and Insurance Act for the two years prior to the
        date the award is issued.
    -   Record a lost-time injury/illness frequency rate less than 25% of the
        Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) rate group average
        attributed to businesses with similar operations for the two years
        prior to the application deadline (March 9, 2007).
    -   Record a total injury/illness frequency rate (lost-time and no lost-
        time) less than the equivalent WSIB rate group average for the two
        years prior to the application deadline (March 9, 2007).
    -   Demonstrate successful application of health and safety management
        system requirements, such as prevention methods, legislative
        compliance, and management practices.
    -   Complete an extensive self-assessment report and pass an on-site
        verification conducted by IAPA.
    -   Demonstrate significant efforts to use their health and safety
        excellence in ways that benefit the community, such as leadership
        contributions, donation of technical/professional resources for the
        development of standards/guidelines/best practices, outreach into the
        community on the subject of health and safety, or sponsorship of
        health and safety-related initiatives.

    About the 2007 President's Award Recipients
    Canadian Blue Bird Coach Ltd. is a division of Blue Bird Corporation, one
of the world's leading bus manufacturers, delivering thousands of school
buses, commercial buses, and recreational vehicles to the market each year.
    Casco Inc. is Canada's principal producer and supplier of corn-refined
products categorized as starches, sweeteners, oil, and animal feed and meal;
and the only refiner producing short-chain fructooligosaccharides. These
products supply a customer base from pharmaceuticals to food to paper to feed
    Lyndon Security Services Inc. is a leading provider of professional
uniformed security officers and security services, including patrolling. The
company provides services to Southwestern Ontario clients in the industrial,
commercial, and institutional sectors.
    Plastiflex Canada Inc., operating in Canada since 1984, primarily serves
the central vacuum floor care market. Plastiflex Canada Inc. is part of
Belgium-based parent company Plastiflex, a global leader in the hose making
    Sulco Chemicals Limited is a Canadian manufacturer of sulphuric acid,
oleum, and sodium bisulphate, and a packager of various other corrosive
    Steelcase Canada Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Steelcase Inc., the
global leader in the office furniture industry, helps people have a better
work experience by providing products, services, and insights into the ways
people work. The company designs and manufactures architecture, furniture, and
technology products.

    About IAPA
    IAPA celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2007. Operating in Ontario since
1917, IAPA is a not-for-profit, member driven organization. Representing more
than 50,000 member firms and in excess of 1.5 million Ontario workers, IAPA is
one of Canada's leading workplace health and safety organizations. The
association is focused on providing industry-leading training, consulting,
educational products, and informational services that meet members' needs and
the needs of those in their communities. IAPA is also recognized as a World
Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health and an
International Labour Organization - CIS Collaborating Centre. IAPA is
certified to ISO 9001:2000 for the design and delivery of training, has been
awarded the National Quality Institute's Progressive Excellence Program
Level III for Quality Certificate, and was a recipient of a Bronze Level
Quality Award at the 2006 Canada Awards for Excellence. For more information
on IAPA's products, programs, and services, call 905-614-IAPA (4272) or
toll-free 1-800-406-IAPA (4272), or visit www.iapa.ca.

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For further information: or for a photo of the award presentation,
please contact: Jennifer Pugsley, Communications and PR Specialist, IAPA, Tel:
(905) 614-4272, ext. 2233, E-mail: jpugsley@iapa.ca

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