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World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2015 observed at Atlas Copco Canada


May 20, 2015 – Mississauga, Ontario – On April 28, 2015, all Atlas Copco business units across Canada celebrated World Day for Safety and Health at Work focusing on different important issues such as driving safety, ergonomics at work place and good nutrition in order to keep alert.

Atlas Copco Canada Safety Day 2015
According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, “A national occupational safety and health culture is one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels, where governments, employers and workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention.”

Atlas Copco Canada took this at heart and promoted this event to all their Canadian employees with great results.

Driving Safety

In Ontario, the focus was on driving safety and in particular distracted driving. The event started on April 20 with an introductory video by Andrew Clark, General Manager of Tools, kicking off the week-long event lead up to World Safety Day. On the World Safety Day itself, there was a Canada Wide broadcast. It started off with a short video presentation on texting and driving followed by Andrew Lyon, General Manager of Mining and Roc Excavation, explaining the history of World Safety Day. Then an investigation officer, who deals with road safety on a daily basis, made a unique presentation of the consequences of failing to drive in a safe manner.

Wrapping up the event Matt Lecornu, General Manager of Construction Equipment, delivered the closing remarks for the day. As a commitment to furthering Atlas Copco's Health and Safety program across all business areas, Matt introduced an annual Health and Safety Award program which will coincide with the World Safety Day and consists of both individual and branch safety awards

Ergonomics, for better health and safer work place 

Atlas Copco Compressors Canada put the emphasis on ergonomics in the work place. Each branches across Canada along with the head office in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, received the visit of an ergonomics specialist for evaluation and one-on-one consultation.

The visits had a positive impact on how our work habits can affect our health. Employees welcomed the one-on-one approach of the walkthrough and were pleased with the immediate solutions provided to them for a better and more ergonomic work station.

Keeping alert and energized with good nutrition

In Atlas Copco Thiessen’s office in British Columbia, safety day was well received. A registered dietician came to discuss the importance of good nutrition for keeping alert and energized. As the blue collar workers work 12-hour shifts, the importance in sustaining their energy level through the whole shift with good nutrition, especially on the night shift, is paramount.

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Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and service focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2014, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 94 (BEUR 10.3) and more than 44 000 employees. Learn more at.

Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area provides industrial compressors, vacuum solutions, gas and process compressors and expanders, air and gas treatment equipment and air management systems. The business area has a global service network and innovates for sustainable productivity in the manufacturing, oil and gas, and process industries. Principal product development and manufacturing units are located in Belgium, the United States, China, South Korea, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.