Responsibility and organisation
At HeidelbergCement, all management levels are responsible for occupational health and safety. Our occupational safety organisation is subordinate to the Chairman of the Managing Board, to whom the Director Group Human Resources, who is responsible for Group Health & Safety, reports directly. The Managing Board members responsible for the different Group areas are in turn supported by H&S advisors who report directly to them.
Each country also has an H&S advisor reporting directly to the country manager, who coordinates the measures within the relevant country. The line managers at regional and local management level in a country are also supported by H&S advisors. Occupational safety measures form part of the personal goal agreements of the members of the Management Board and operating top managers in the countries. Last but not least, each individual employee, contractor, and visitor is responsible for following the occupational safety regulations.
Work management systems, such as those in accordance with the internationally accepted OHSAS 18001 or ISO 45001 standard, have already been implemented in 89% of our operational locations. 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.