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Lafarge introduces new bagged cement packaging in Western Canada

World Cement,

Lafarge has introduced new bagged Portland cement packaging in the Prairies market, taking into account the Canadian Center for Occupational Health & Safety’s (CCOHS) heavy lifting recommendations.

CCOHS states that 23 kg is the most an individual should lift on a regular basis. After studying customer usage of the traditional 40 kg cement bags, Lafarge chose a 20 kg bag so that mix designs can easily be adjusted.

“We recognise that people seriously injure their backs when repeatedly lifting heavy items both at home and at work,” comments Bob Cooper, President - Cement in Western Canada. “Lafarge is proud to lead the bagged cement market by putting health and safety as a first priority,” he continued.

The new 20 kg cement bag also follows a broader packaged good trend. From stones to flour, 20 kg is a standard size for easy transport and use. Lafarge has branded its 20 kg offering as the ‘Backsaver Bag’. It was made available in local lumber stores and do-it-yourself retailers across the Canadian Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in April 2012.

Lafarge is committed to improving the health and safety of its employees, customers and other stakeholders worldwide. Customers will find that the new smaller packaging provides superior product handling, time savings, reduced employee strain and mix design efficiencies.

Written by Jennifer Lewis, Lafarge Canada

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