The Group’s priority number one:
Health & Safety

Health & Safety is a core company value for LafargeHolcim. Since the completion of the merger, the necessary foundations required to move towards a world-class safety culture have been put into place within the organization. In 2016, this base will be used to launch the company’s “Health & Safety transformational path,” which is designed to further reduce incidents and move towards the ambition of zero harm. In addition, work has commenced on developing a new health program for LafargeHolcim designed to reduce exposure to health risks at all sites.

Health & Safety

 

 

2015

2014

2013

 

 

LafargeHolcim

Holcim4

Lafarge

Holcim

Lafarge

1

LTIFR in legacy Lafarge includes fatalities

2

For legacy Holcim: LTIFR employees includes subcontracted personnel (according to internal definitions)

3

For legacy Holcim: contractors on site refers to third-party services providers on site (according to internal definitions)

4

Correction of source data

Fatalities

 

50

47

24

47

26

Fatalities by personnel category

Employees

5

5

3

7

3

Contractors

28

22

13

23

11

Third parties

17

20

8

17

12

Fatalities by location

Onsite

15

22

7

20

6

Off-site transport

32

23

11

24

20

Off-site at somewhere else site

3

2

6

3

LTI

Employees

239

217

72

191

72

Contractors on site

261

170

39

161

51

LTIFR1

Employees2

1.01

1.6

0.55

1.3

0.54

Contractors3

1.03

1.3

0.56

1.2

0.44

Employees and contractors on site

1.02

1.5

0.55

1.3

0.49

Reducing incidents over time

In the year running up to the merger, both companies reached a plateau in terms of fatalities and injuries, relative to the sustained improvement each had attained in the past. A combined total of 50 fatalities were recorded for the entire year, including employees, contractors, and third parties. Every single fatality is deeply regretted and starting from Day 1, we have made the elimination of risks linked to potential fatal incidents our first priority.

Every fatality is reviewed, with the CEO or a member of the Executive Committee present, to ensure that learnings are identified and rolled out to every applicable site to minimize the risk that the same accidents could occur elsewhere.

Additionally, we have developed a new initiative to accelerate the implementation of key learnings related to fatal incidents for which there is a greater risk of reoccurrence. The Mandatory Safety Release (MSR) will be used to ensure that specific procedures are quickly reviewed at applicable sites and aligned where required. The first such MSR was issued in December 2015 and required all cement sites to immediately review and align their processes for managing hot material exiting their kilns.

Establishing a strong base

Following the completion of the merger, initial work focused on establishing the necessary foundations for Health & Safety. As a result, a new policy was established from Day 1, followed by a set of five rules for every employee and contractor to follow as well as a common standard for reporting and investigating incidents. The Executive Committee also developed and signed its own charter to demonstrate commitment to this topic.

The Health & Safety Management System (HSMS) remains at the heart of our drive for continuous performance improvement. A new HSMS, to be used by all operations to manage their activities, will be launched during the first quarter of 2016. Drawing from the experience of the legacy companies, we will maintain a site audit program, using HSMS as a basis, in the new organization. In 2015, 74 audit and assessment missions were conducted; we anticipate that all sites will be subject to audit and assessment on a three-year cycle.

Transformational path

In alignment with our objective to reduce potential fatal risks, we launched a new Group-wide improvement plan in December 2015. Accordingly, every country Executive Committee has developed a resourced action plan to mitigate the key risks in their respective businesses, so as to drive effective step-improvement in Health & Safety across all operations. New operating standards will be published in 2016, building upon the existing strong procedures.

The improvement plan and MSR are the first new initiatives we have introduced as part of our transformational path. The path recognizes that in order for LafargeHolcim to reach its ambition of zero harm, it needs to make a step-change in its approach and performance in Health & Safety. As a result, the path identifies five areas of focus:

  • Leadership and accountability
  • Health & Safety management systems
  • People capability
  • Effective execution
  • Road safety

The identification of road safety as an area of focus acknowledges the importance of achieving a big change in performance in this domain, not only for the drivers of vehicles connected with our business, but also for the many communities in which our company operates. A clear road transport safety framework will be developed in 2016 that meets the needs of our sector and can be embedded effectively within our business. Other new initiatives based on our five areas of focus are planned for development in 2016, including revised training programs for first-level supervisors and a process for managing the consequences of incidents.

Establishing a new health program

We attach as much importance to health as we do to safety, with a focus on preventing occupational health risks and ensuring fitness to perform daily duties. This objective is drawn from the work of both companies in the field of health, which has focused on assessing potential risks and then developing programs to reduce exposure to these risks.

Following an analysis, a hierarchy of controls will be applied to mitigate exposure. Although this can start with the mandatory use of personal protective equipment (PPE), we intend to further control exposure up the hierarchy through, for example, eliminating the need for work in such areas that present a particular risk or through re-engineering to reduce dust, noise, or ergonomic hazards. In 2016, we also intend to expand this program to encompass more countries and also to capture data to understand the total number of employees and contractors at risk from key hazards.

In 2016 we also intend to conduct training to increase the number of first-aid trained employees and to align the medical emergency response process for all countries, which incorporates learnings from both companies on responding to pandemics.