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Sustainable Development

Health and Safety as Our Top Priority

In our recently revised CEMEX Vision, we’ve made safety the top priority, developing principles that guide our H & S behavior:

  • Ensure nothing comes before the health & safety of our people, contractors and the community
  • Make safety a personal responsibility; look after yourself and each other
  • Strive to create a workplace with zero injuries and fatalities
  • Maintain accountability for safety practices
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Health & Safety Leadership

The health and safety of people is of utmost importance at CEMEX. We are committed to identifying and reducing any health and safety risks associated with our operations by improving how we reinforce safe behaviors with our employees and contractors and strengthening the accountability of management for ensuring safe behavior. Our safety leadership program E-LEGACY, “E” stands for “everyone is a non- technical, interactive program that helps front-line employees assess risks and integrate safe and healthy practices into their day-to-day activities, promoting a strong H&S culture within our organization. In our operations, our H&S committees—with representatives from front-line workers, line supervisors, managers, and unions—meet regularly to discuss any concerns and to help reinforce H&S practices and programs.

In 2016, we launched our global H&S Academy. Designed to enhance the leadership skills of our line managers and supervisors, the Academy’s objective is to ensure that H&S is our top priority at any site across our organization, from our production plants to our corporate offices.

In addition, we have developed a root-cause investigation tool to improve the quality of incident investigations in the company. This process enables us to better understand the true root causes of safety incidents and those aspects of our safety management system that we must strengthen in order to prevent injuries. Also, we have developed a root-cause analysis training course to improve the quality of incident investigation.

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Driver & Contractor Safety

Driving is the activity that leads to the majority of fatalities in our industry. In addition, approximately 60 percent of all fatalities in the CSI database are related to contractor activities. At CEMEX, we believe that greater industry collaboration on driving- and contractor-safety initiatives that address the causes of these fatalities is necessary to prevent additional loss of life. That is why we led the Driving Safety Working Group in developing consistent, industry-wide practices for reporting safety performance and evaluating progress in reducing incidents and injuries over time. The CSI document, entitled Recommended Good Practice for Driving Safety, outlines practices for drivers, their managers, and transport management contractors. A similarly titled document, Recommended Good Practice for Contractor Safety, outlines safety practices for both contractors and subcontractors.

The CEOs of all 21 CSI member companies approved these practices in October 2009, and all CSI companies are expected to implement the practices in their operations.. CEMEX is committed to implementing these practices and to prioritizing actions to improve performance. Ultimately, these efforts will help to eliminate driving- and contractor-related injuries and fatalities.

In addition to our CSI-related efforts, we at CEMEX are developing internal driving safety and contractor safety plans to demonstrate our continued leadership in these areas.

Health Essentials

Based on the work of our global health and safety council and other feedback, we have established Health Essentials, a global health campaign designed to reduce the prevalence of health risks associated with our operations and encourage employees to live a healthy lifestyle both inside and outside the workplace. The campaign's objectives are to unify all of our health efforts worldwide and to align all occupational and preventive health programs, both current and developing, at all levels of the company. The program formalizes and strengthens our knowledge base for the different aspects of CEMEX's Health & Safety Management System. The program also establishes guidelines to guarantee that all business units act upon the same health standards, reducing cost and minimizing employee health risk and inefficiencies.

The Health Essentials initiative aligns all current and developing CEMEX health programs, occupational as well as preventive, at the local, national, and regional levels. It is divided into twelve different health promotion topics and aims to cover the most important issues our people face every day in both occupational and preventative health. Topics such as Lung Power and Safeguard Your Back directly touch upon the occupational risks our employees may face on the job. Topics including Healthy Heart and Vaccines aim to promote a healthier culture within CEMEX, increase our employees' quality of life, and reduce the number of days lost due to illness. This campaign has built awareness of health issues, encouraged employees to undertake preventive healthcare, and ultimately helped to create a healthier culture within CEMEX.

In addition, the program builds trust, motivates employees, and reduces healthcare costs.

The campaign features easy-to-understand materials that are distributed to CEMEX employees worldwide, as well as a system for global knowledge-sharing and standardized guidelines to promote health and safety within operations around the world. Materials such as presentations, brochures, flyers, bilingual posters, and self-evaluation tests, as well as activities related to the prevention issues, are ready for use. At the same time we launched the health logo Fit 4 Life that includes all the initiatives referring to healthy habits.

Similarly, 96% of the operations implement a program of annual preventive health among employees.

Safety Awards

Since 2000, the annual CEMEX Safety Award has promoted excellence in safety and health at our operations worldwide. Sites are judged on performance, safety leadership, risk management, incident investigation, analysis, and follow-up. The award is given to the best performing and most improved facility in each business segment.

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Health and Safety Management System

Our Health and Safety Management System (HSMS), is a risk-based system that clearly establishes the company’s expectations of managers in terms of health and safety performance. Aligned with OHSAS 18001:2007, a leading international standard for occupational health and safety management systems, our new HSMS is designed to enable us to accomplish the following:

  • Identify and reduce safety risks
  • Develop supporting standards and guidelines
  • Share best practices throughout the company
  • Continually improve the health, safety, reliability, and efficiency of operations
  • Be fully implemented in all operations

The HSMS is the focal point of our improvement strategies and our actions support it. We monitor the compliance with the HSMS in all operations, together with the continued review of it to ensure it remains current, valid and reflecting business hazards and risks.