More than half a billion people across the world are affected by cardiovascular disease and it remains a leading cause of death.

With safety as our top priority, we want to be sure that our employees are equipped to provide life-saving care, including administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), in the event of a cardiac emergency in our plants and offices.

The training is being rolled out worldwide and we have now taken 2,700 colleagues through to the point where they are fully trained to provide CPR.

For one of our employees in the UK, Mark Wylie, the training proved vital when a family emergency struck soon after completing the training, as he explains:

“Six weeks after completing the Aliaxis first aid course, I found myself putting my life-saving skills into practice, administering CPR to a family member during a family gathering”, he recalls.

“Thanks to the training, I was able to maintain the airway and blood circulation for the critical 20 minutes it took for the rescue team to arrive.

I can tell you now, seeing that family member draw breath again, having witnessed her motionless for what seemed like forever, brought a feeling of pure relief into the room.”

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