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Austrian Minister of Social Affairs recognizes CEMEX with national Health & Safety award for 2011

Date published: August 31, 2011

CEMEX in Austria was awarded the second prize for Health & Safety from the Austrian Minister of Social Affairs for its project: “Stress management—integral part of employee motivation and accident prevention.” From a field of 24 projects submitted, only four national prize winners were chosen by a jury comprising representatives of employees and employers, accident insurers, ergonomics, and the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, and Consumer Protection.


As part of a multi-step “impulse test,” the project began in 2009 with a stress management survey conducted during a health and safety briefing session for 326 employees, approximately two thirds of CEMEX in Austria’s total workforce. The men who participated in the survey were primarily from the production sector, while most women came from administrative departments. Their survey questionnaires were statistically evaluated and relevant proposals were referred to the respective heads of business units or departments for implementation.

The proposals of the female employees led to significantly improved communication between production and administrative areas, which resulted in greater employee motivation. Operating procedures at these interfaces were greatly improved and employees felt less stress.

Communicating the connection between work-related stresses, potential stressors, and resources was another significant result of this project. Moreover, the improvement of operating procedures not only led to accelerated processes, but also yielded productivity increases without high costs. Most important, CEMEX in Austria has remained accident free for two years.

An integral part of CEMEX commitment to sustainability is its continuing company-wide effort to improve workplace and community health and safety. The safety and well being of the company’s employees, contractors, and other stakeholders is paramount.

From left: Minister Hundstorfer, Dr. Pospischil, Markus Stumvoll, CEO of CEMEX Austria AG, Dr. Dür safety officer of CEMEX Austria AG

From left: Minister Hundstorfer, Dr. Pospischil, Markus Stumvoll, CEO of CEMEX Austria AG,
Dr. Dür safety officer of CEMEX Austria AG

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