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Toyota Material Handling Europe supports EU-OSHA’s campaign for Healthy Workplaces for All Ages

As an established EU-OSHA partner, Toyota Material Handling will collaborate again this year with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). The 2016-2017 campaign ‘Healthy Workplace for All Ages’ will promote a sustainable working life for every generation.

With safety as the number-one priority, Toyota Material Handling Europe has been a campaign partner fully supporting the EU-OSHA campaigns for more than 6 years now. Previous collaborations include the 2010-2011 campaign on ’Safe Maintenance’, the 2012-2013 operation, ’Working Together for Risk Prevention’, and the 2014-2015 campaign ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress’.

With the 2016-2017 ‘Healthy Workplaces for All Ages’ campaign, Toyota Material Handling and EU-OSHA strive for a working environment that is healthy and productive for employees of all ages. Stimulating active aging and keeping workers engaged until the end of their career brings numerous benefits. Firstly, employees are healthier and more motivated, while staff turnover and absenteeism are significantly lower, which leads to higher productivity. Secondly, valuable skills and work experience can be shared within the organisation and used to create a greater pool of talent and skills.

The campaign will therefore share policies or programmes that enable employees to work up to or past their retirement age, as well as emphasise the benefits of different generations working together.

“Our own diverse workforce of different ages and types of jobs make this a very relevant campaign for us. With a large portion of our employees being over 50 and a majority of them working as a service technician in a physically demanding job, their health remains a top priority,” comments Peter Damberg, Senior Vice President HR and Sustainability. “By encouraging these employees to stay with Toyota Material Handling until their retirement and making sure their knowledge is transferred internally, a workforce for the future can be built. We therefore look forward to continuing our cooperation with EU-OSHA and the campaign partners to ensure a healthy working environment for all ages.”

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