Ensuring healthy and safe working conditions for employees and contractors is a fundamental key to corporate social responsibility, and is one of the most important issues for the cement industry. CSI members recognize that more attention should be paid to this area across the whole industry and are committed to playing a full part in that process.
CSI companies are already hugely committed to improvement in safety performance in their companies, and very significant improvements are already being achieved.
As promised under the Agenda for Action, the CSI Task Force on Employee Health & Safety has now drafted these Examples of Good Practice. This guideline document outlines how the management of both health and safety can and should be achieved, without being over-prescriptive.
It gives practical guidance on good practice in safety procedures in the cement industry based on experience and focused on the identified fatality and injury causes. It also gives parallel employee health guidelines, again focused on the most common health concerns, in particular relating to the increasingly common use of alternate fuels.
Most CSI companies have already implemented such guidelines, though a need has been identified to disseminate these to the wider industry and external stakeholders.
Health and safety in the cement industry: Examples of good practice (Russian-HeidelbergCement/CRH)