Occupational Health and Safety
We have specified our principles for promoting the health of the workforce in our corporate policy regarding occupational health and safety. This policy was revised during the period under review. The revision once again makes clear that occupational health and safety have a high priority for our company. That’s because occupational health and safety are key corporate values for us.
In addition, we make sure that the personal protective equipment is actually used and that our Group Cardinal Rules are reliably observed. The latter apply especially to work areas where accidents were very frequent in the past. We will continue to pursue our stated objective of minimising the risk of accidents and injuries and the risk of occupational illnesses by means of effective prevention measures.
Occupational health and safety management systems, such as those in accordance with the internationally accepted OHSAS 18001 standard, have already been implemented in most of our plants. These systems require a structured approach from the location managers with planning, clear work regulations, responsibilities, and controls to ensure an ongoing improvement process and thus prevent accidents.
Management Responsibility for Occupational Health & Safety
Although we have been continually improving occupational health and safety at a technical and organisational level for a number of years, we still have to report serious accidents – including some fatalities – that are often caused by human error. All of the management levels at HeidelbergCement are responsible for occupational health and safety. Line managers are expected to set an example in this area. To underline this fact, we shall once again be holding a Group-wide training initiative in 2017. At the same time, we emphasise in our Group Policy on Occupational Health and Safety that every employee, contractor, and visitor is responsible for complying with the occupational safety regulations.
Since 2011 we have been conducting an annual "Safety Week" in order to raise awareness among employees as well as subcontractors for workplace safety and risky behavior. At numerous local events we emphasize that workplace safety is everyone's responsibility, and can only be attained if we work together. Our "Safety Week" events often provide an opportunity for families, customers, and neighbors to get involved. Among the various health and safety issues that were addressed by these events in 2016, local units focused particularly on work in enclosed spaces and safe driving.