Health & Safety
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Our People / Our Priority

Safety, Top priority

Health and safety are absolute priorities for Lafarge. The Group has implemented a stringent safety policy for its employees and subcontractors. It also participates in public health programs that benefit both employees and local communities.

Lafarge aims to be among the safest companies in the world and encourage safe behavior.

Safety at Lafarge

Lafarge is the safest company in its sector. Since 2002, the Group has achieved a significant reduction in both the frequency and the gravity of work-related accidents. These improvements are due in part to the Group's Health and Safety management system, which defines the minimum safety levels required for all Lafarge sites.

 

A great deal remains to be done to become one of the safest industrial groups in the world. For this reason, employee safety is the Group's n°1 priority.

To reach its target of zero fatal accidents and keep lost time injuries to a minimum, Lafarge:

  • Informs its employees and subcontractors about the risks related to their activities and provides appropriate training,
  • Supervises the systematic application of safety standards,
  • Implements procedures for reporting incidents and undertakes regular audits,
  • Identifies and communicates best practices and drives their adoption across all worksites.

Lafarge set itself the target of significantly reducing the lost time incident frequency rate to 1.35 by 2009. This target was met and even exceeded, since the Group recorded a rate of 0.98 at the end of 2009.

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The Group's Golden rules

Health and safety: top priority

All Lafarge employees are committed to respecting certain rules to ensure the greatest levels of health and safety within the company.

Safety Days

Every month Lafarge companies in the UAE carry out a Monthly Safety Day involving all employees & contractors.
The day includes live field demonstration, fire & evacuation drills, working procedures, group safety inspections, & tool box talks. It aims to educate through enjoyment, strengthen the knowledge of working practices by safety games and contests, creating an enthusiastic atmosphere.

Risk Assesment, Mandatory & Important

Risk assessment, a mandatory measure before carrying out any job in Lafarge work sites, where employees:

* Identify hazards,
* Analyze or evaluate the risk associated with that hazard.
* determine appropriate ways to eliminate or control the hazard.

This procedure helps eliminate hazards and reduce possibilities of injuries or fatalities. It is a thorough look at the workplace to identify those things, situations, processes, etc that may cause harm, particularly to people. After identification is made, employees evaluate how likely and severe the risk is, and then decides what measures should be in place to effectively prevent or control the harm from happening.

 

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Supporting employees health

Occupational Health Programs

The health of Lafarge employees is important to our success. A comprehensive group-wide occupational health program has been introduced that includes regular medical examinations.

The mandatory regular health check-ups in place, help employees maintain a better healthy routine, especially while working in the industry where the occupational health in an issue with all the hazardous exposure at the worklace.

Lafarge Employees in the UAE also get a periodical health visits and awareness lectures given by medical expertise, highlighting important points of health care, and responding to all health related inquiries.

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