Ensuring the protection of its employees’ health and safety is Lafarge’s first priority. This is the guiding principle for all employees of the Group, starting from the highest levels of responsibility.
For many years we have striven to make our industrial operations safer, to establish directives and standards that are clear for everyone, and to increase the awareness of both our employees and our contractors. It has been our credo that it is unacceptable to risk your life to perform your work. There is no limit to our ambition in this area.
This is why we are going to introduce a new process for assessing risks, country by country and site by site.
The scope of our responsibility extends far beyond our employees and our sites. By 2020 we want to not merely avoid fatal accidents but also to ensure that no employees or contractors are victims of serious incidents, whether in our facilities or on the road.
Fatal incidents were reduced by 26% compared to 2011.
Last update on 05/06/2013
FAQ 1 : Health & Safety in Lafarge 2012 Sustainability Report
FAQ 2 : Standards, procedures and tools
Lafarge's Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) was issued in 2010. It is Lafarge's belief that the full and successful implementation of the HSMS elements will enable the Group to achieve world class H&S performance.
In line with the HSMS, the Group is moving to a Risk Based Approach. The business units will assess their risks, prioritize them and then address them to comply with the Group Standards and Advisories. To further this approach, Lafarge has recently launched several tools to support the business units:
- a Governance Standard on Risk Management providing the Group expectation on how to analyze and control risks,
- a HSMS Self-Assessment Maturity Tool to help the business units understand their current state vs the Group expectation,
- a H&S Group Entity Audit. This H&S Entity Audit is expected to harmonize the Health and Safety Audits within the Group and involves line management across all product lines.
FAQ 3 : Road safety, a top priority
The Group theme for the 2011 "Health & Safety Month" was transport. Several activities, covering anything linked to the movement of vehicles, equipment, people including pedestrians on-site and off-site, were organized to celebrate successes of the Lafarge country entities, as well as engage with families, customers, contractors and local stakeholders.
FAQ 4 : Ensuring a healthy working environment
As part of its ambition to provide every employee worldwide with the same access to health assessments, Lafarge has developed a standard operational procedure (SOP), which includes additional examinations for employees exposed to specific risks (working at height, etc.). This procedure is a key element of the strategic Health Roadmap. These assessments must be standardized for all employees and established in all countries where the Group is present by 2015.
FAQ 5 : Supporting employees in the case of incidents or illnesses
In order to respond effectively to an incident, every unit must have a procedure in case of medical emergencies, regularly updated and known by everyone. This means that first aid, contacting the emergency services and transport to the closest hospital are all optimized in order to minimize complications of the injury to the casualty. The Group puts in place all means available to facilitate the return to work.
FAQ 6 : Promoting public health programs
The Group is pursuing its program to prevent
HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases (malaria and tuberculosis) in
sub-Saharan Africa. All countries in this
zone have developed a public health program (regular information, free access
to diagnosis and treatments, counseling and education).
Based on its experience in Africa, the Group has developed a methodological guide which now allows other countries to benefit from their good practices.