One Group. Concretely safe.
Safety in the workplace is a fundamental value of Cementir's culture of sustainability, as is the protection of the health of employees.
Safety begins with workers and returns to them as the final objective of the actions we implement for the overall risk mitigation and management. The phases of the process are planned and implemented through the involvement and participation of the workers themselves. Awareness, as a personal attitude, is one of the key factors in accident prevention.
We believe that injuries and work-related illnesses can be prevented. In our “zero accident strategy” the main attitude required to our managers is the leadership through visible and exemplary behaviours, proactive commitment and indeed involving of employees.
Occupational Health and Safety Policy
We firmly believe that the framework for prevention of work-related incidents and illnesses is the effective implementation and maintenance of OH&S management system aligned with international reference standards and our guidelines and rules. Our commitment is based on the following key requirements.
- Set clear goal and targets and specific action plans with a systemic approach. H&S is an integral part of our strategy.
- Establish clear accountabilities and responsibilities. Respect procedures and rules by workers to guarantee health and safety of all. H&S is a line responsibility. Everybody has a role and responsibility to prevent incidents.
- Identify and assess the hazards and risks associated with all operational activities (e.g. routine and non-routine, complex operations) as a precondition to provide safe and healthy workplace. H&S is about conducting a prior risk assessment for any operation.
- Define work-related procedures and practices and up to date them considering the risk assessment, regularly reviewed. Putting in place proven reliable barriers and controls to mitigate risks. H&S is an integral part of all activities, daily.
- Train and coach employees prior to start their work-related activities. Implement and develop awareness and competence to fulfil their tasks safely. H&S culture is an attitude that need to be trained and encouraged.
- Learn from accidents and near misses and share experiences with employees. Investigate and report the root causes rigorously. H&S is to learn from failures as well as successes.
- Comply with all applicable local, regional, national and international Health, Safety and Environment legislation as well as corporate guidelines and rules. Review regularly workplaces and tasks to ensure the compliance. H&S compliance is mandatory and must be constantly guaranteed at all levels of responsibility.
- Monitor, audit and review regularly the adequacy and effectiveness of OH&S management system, procedures and performances according to reference indicators and Group guideline. Define and implement any necessary corrective measures. H&S is to focus on continuous improvement.
- Develop a relationship of constructive cooperation, based on utmost openness and trust, both within the group itself and vis-à-vis the external community and the Institutions in the management of health and safety topics. H&S is to promote transparency and collaboration.
A strong H&S governance
The global interconnected Health and Safety Network, coordinated by the Corporate HSE Function as technical area, supports all organizations to share competences, good practices and initiatives. The Network consists of all managers/coordinators on Health & Safety at site/business level which support the line management technically in the implementation of management system locally (e.g., risk factors identification and assessment, safety operating procedures, operational standards and controls, incident investigations, inspections, etc.). The Network deliverables are constantly distributed to all workers through local Health & Safety (e.g., safety alerts, common rules and standards, etc.).
Specific health and safety targets are considered in short-term remuneration for representatives and managers based on risk level of the different business.
Our key leading activities
Leadership in Practice
- Managers Safety Walk&Talk program focused on behaviors
- Participation in incident investigations
- Training program on “Concrete Leadership”
- Safety Leading Targets
Commitment & Responsibility
- Interdependent approach to safety starting from induction phase
- Proactive contribution of all workers
- Positive reinforcement (e.g., Safety Valuable Behavior)
- Procedures effectiveness and discipline in practice
- Identify hazards in all conditions
- No work prior to proper risk assessment and authorization
- Training program on “Job Safety Assessment”
- Timely implementation of preventive and corrective actions that are identified
Involvement & Participation
- Regular Committees and operational meetings
- Periodic toolboxes at department/shift level on the main risk factors
- Participation in the preparation of safety operating procedures
- Participation in incident investigations and results dissemination (e.g., Safety Alert)
Competence & Awareness
- Safety training on both technical skills and personal attitudes
- Training matrix including all workers and jobs
- Periodic campaigns on incident communication and reporting of unsafe behaviors and conditions
- Safety attitude as evaluation factor on individual performance
- Learning from events through Root Cause Analysis
- Systemic implementation and reviewing of standards and best practices
- Monitoring of both lagging and leading KPIs and auditing (including contractors)
- Valuable Safety Behaviors
The aim of a BBS program is to increase workers’ awareness based on behavioral observations and improve in safety conditions.
Our Health and Safety Management System
Our framework for prevention of work-related incidents and illnesses is the effective implementation and maintenance of the Health and Safety Management System according to the ISO 45001 standard, the Group guidelines and standards and the regulation in the countries where we operate.
The Management Systems Certification Programme has been completed. As planned, all cement production plants are now certified ISO 45001.
We strongly believe that the goal we achieved leads to the harmonization of preventive practices through the entire Group and is aimed to improve management and safety performance.
Where we are
- No Fatal or High-Consequence injuries occurred to employees and contractors/subcontractors;
- Unfortunately, in Denmark a cyclist died because of a traffic accident with one of our trucks;
- The number of Lost Time Injuries (LTI) has been reduced by more than 40% compared to 2021;
- The Lost Time Injury Rate improved by 51% compared to the previous three-year average values;
- The Severity Rate of injuries has also decreased (-38% globally). The most significant improvement is for employees (-59% in lost time injury rate; -49% in injury severity rate);
- No occupational illness allegations received.
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