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Added on 22-03-2013




Fondazione Sodalitas


SINCE 2002

Business challenge

Health and Safety is our Priority Number 1. We want to provide healthy and safe workplaces by striving for zero risk to our employees, contractors and visitors and we want people working for us are returning home after completing their tasks as safe and healthy as when they came to work. The overall goal of OH&S at Holcim is “Zero Harm to People”.
All injuries, incidents and unsafe conditions are investigated to found the root causes, and proper corrective actions are taken. Holcim has developed five Corporate Cardinal Rules aiming to prevent the most critical incidents in our Industry:
1. Do not override or interfere with any safety provision nor allow anyone else to override or interfere with them.
2. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) rules applicable to a given task must be adhered to at all times.
3. Isolation and Lock Out Procedures must always be followed.
4. No person may work if under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
5. All injuries & incidents must be reported.


In 2002 Holcim (Italy) adapted Holcim OH&S Policy to the Italian context. In 2005 Holcim (Italy) introduced the OH&S Pyramid, a proprietary management system developed by the Holcim Ltd, that provides a guidance on the key elements involved in the development and implementation of an OH&S Management System.
On top of that since 2006 in Italy we have been implementing in our sites an OH&S Management System certificated OHSAS 18001 (at 12/31/2012 we have 21 certified sites). Passion for Safety is a process, developed by the headquarter and implemented in Italy in December 2006-October 2007 with a OH&S Awareness Campaign, to implement a strong and sustainable OH&S culture allowing Holcim to achieve their goal of “Zero Harm to People”.
It is based on strong management commitment and well-defined line accountability for OH&S. In 2008 we launched two other projects: Top Safe and OH&S Walking Trophy. The first is a process involving employees and third parties in role-playing for developing leadership behaviours while the latter is a sort of competition among countries for developing and sharing best practices on OH&S.
We have a program to manage contractors through a pre-qualification process, specifically worded contracts, and adequate induction and training (Top Safe). Holcim will focus its efforts going forward by continuing to embed the Fatality Prevention Elements (FPE) and the Contractor Safety Management Directive (CSMD) throughout the business.
In 2012 Holcim Ltd has started assessing the effectiveness of the implementation of these directives across all regions and businesses and Holcim (Italy) has been one of the pilot companies.
Holcim will further strengthen the competence of its people in OH&S through intensive training and an improved safety organization.
Holcim is fully committed to its vision of “Zero Harm to People” and will also continue to work with others in the sector through the Cement Sustainability Initiative.


• Safety is not the responsibility of any individual or single group within an organization. Effective safety management occurs if persons at all levels within an organization are seen to be responsible for relevant aspects of safety management;
• Irrespective of the quality of design of plant and equipment, satisfactory safety performance will not be achieved unless personnel have been appropriately trained. Training should cover the why (awareness) and the how (procedure);
• Safety Management is not simply a matter of identifying and dealing with specific safety problems at a given time. Good management of OH&S is an essential part of doing business today. Employee, investor and community expectations are high and legislation is becoming more stringent. This necessity is reflected in the Holcim OH&S policy and management system. To be fully effective OH&S management must be an integral part of business management.

Challenges/Lessons learned:

BUSINESS IMPACT: To be fully effective OH&S management must be an integral part of business management. When effectively implemented, OH&S minimizes the risk of diseases, injuries and incidents and provides assurance that Holcim and our people are properly meeting their responsibilities.
SOCIAL IMPACT: To implement OH&S projects brings benefits to the community. First, because our employees are part of the local community and, therefore, a lack of injury to one of them means a non-injury to the community. In addition, another social impact is the increased level of OH&S awareness by external stakeholders, first of all along our supply chain.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: We developed a OH&S Pocket Guide focused on AFR (alternative fuels and raw materials) business in order to impact on the thermal energy and reduce environmental impact as well.

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