Worker protection / Zero Harm :

Zero Harm

The health of employees and ensuring safe working conditions is of primary importance to the cement industry.  The production, storage, transportation, and distribution of cement can lead to possible hazards that need be controlled beforehand.  For this reason, the cement industry is committed to 'Zero Harm', by protecting its workers and contractors.  As such, the industry is continuously:

  • Improving health and safety practices
  • Supervising the systematic application of health and safety standards
  • Informing employees about the risks related to their activities and providing appropriate training and equipment
  • Implementing and ensuring constant medical health surveillance for employees
  • Promoting and sharing best practices between stakeholders on health and safety issues

Worker protection / Key Performance Indicators :

Key Performance Indicators

Each year, CEMBUREAU collects information related to the Safety Key Performance Indicators. The table below shows that the cement industry is continuously improving its performance in the field of worker safety.

Safety Indicators    2009  
  2010  
  2011  
  2012  
  2013 
  2014  
  2015  
Lost day Severity Rate Directly Employed (per million man hours) working days basis 196 230 170 149 164 151 150
LTI frequency rate directly employed (per million man hours) 12.6 11.7 8.2 8.9 8.2 8.1 7.2

 

Worker protection / Comprehensive Health Risk Study :

Comprehensive Health Risk Study

The Comprehensive Health Risk Study (CHRS) was launched by CEMBUREAU, in 2005. The study is composed of several elements including an updated survey of the literature on the question, a measurement study on workers’ exposure to dust in the construction and construction industry, a toxicological study carried out in two phases, one involving in-vitro tests, the other ex-vivo tests, a European prospective lung function monitoring study and a French mortality study. All studies were performed by a number of independent institutes of a broad range of nationalities. The institutes/experts were chosen according to their expertise in the different areas. The majority of the results of these studies have by now been published by the institutions themselves in independent scientific journals.

The Comprehensive Health Risk Study is now finalized and the following general conclusions were drawn by Greenfacts:

  • People are exposed to cement either by coming in contact with wet cement or by breathing in cement dust.
  • Skin contact can lead to an inflammation of the skin and to an allergic reaction. Inhaling cement dust can cause breathing problems, depending on the type of dust, the level and the length of exposure. 
  • The use of appropriate protective equipment largely contributes to protecting workers in the cement production and construction industries in Europe from developing any of these potential health problems. 
  • There is no convincing evidence of an increased risk of developing any form of cancer in relation to Portland cement exposure consistent over a variety of geographic and demographic conditions. 

Worker protection / Good practices :

Good practices

Our members across Europe have implemented a series of good practices, with the ultimate objective of fostering a safe and healthy environment for workers:

  • Safety trainings. Ongoing safety training is crucial to improving safety programmes. CRH reconstructs real-time situations and uses the information to provide their operators with practical safety training.
  • QR codes application for Safety. An easy way of having information available at the site: workers can use their smartphones to access relevant information such as Safety Data Sheets or technical information about chemicals.
  • Avoiding Injury Recurrences. STOP & THINK signs, showing previous incidents, are placed in the relevant areas around the cement plant.
  • Best practices from the MPA Health and Safety Awards.

Worker protection / Campaigns :

Campaigns

Safe Cement Campaign – Initiated by a consortium four European organisations, the campaign aims to promote the use of risk prevention measures and processes in cement sector by making available an innovative training tool in 3D. This will help organisations giving courses in the field of risk prevention to achieve the desired impact in training related to health and safety in cement quarrying and production plants.

Cycle Safe: Promoting Cyclist Safety and Minimising Risk. MPA launched its campaign to prevent collisions between cyclists and lorries.

Interesting links: Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) Health Management Handbook: Addressing occupational exposures in the cement industry.