CEMEX USA has continued its dedication to improving workplace safety and employee health by starting the new year with Safety Week 2019. The event is an annual company-wide initiative that focusses on achieving Zero4Life at its hundreds of facilities across the US.
The company began the event by stopping operations at its plants and facilities for between 60 min. and 90 min. on Monday 7 January. This allowed employees to participate in safety stand downs. During the stand downs, employees reviewed safety initiatives from 2018, discussing potential improvements. Each year, the stand downs are intended to help workers to refocus and recommit to working safely.
During this year’s safety stand downs, CEMEX employees were encouraged to become experts in safety, using the tools provided in the company’s Health and Safety Management System. This programme is based on 14 elements, including leadership, audits and inspections, safe operative practices, and risk analysis.
Extending the company’s previous initiative of action-based safety, the theme of the 2019 safety week encourages employees to act when they see opportunities for safety improvements in their work environments.
In addition to safety stand downs, the company’s operations will also hold various activities, including specialised training to increase safety awareness.
“At CEMEX, our commitment to safety is rooted in everything we do, every single say,” said Ignacio Madridejos, President of CEMEX USA. “We are relentless in our goal to achieve Zero4Life – zero recordable injuries, job-related illnesses, preventable vehicle accidents, and environmental events. Safety is everyone’s responsibility and Safety Week encourages all our employees to take action to make our work environments safer.”
“Our health and safety management system is designed to give our employees what they need to spot potential hazards, the make changes that benefit them and their colleagues,” said Guillermo Martinez, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Communications at CEMEX USA. “We want our employees to master the tools provided, so an active safety dialogue continues and they all go home safe.”
“Employees need to take action to make sure they stay safe, analysing every situation and taking proper precautions,” said Alan MacVicar, Vice President of Health and Safety at CEMEX USA. “By using tools they already know and becoming experts, potential safety risks can be fixed as soon as they are identified.”
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