Dalmia Cement, a leading manufacturer of the commodity, has an enviable safety record. Gaurang Baxi speaks on the basic principles that the company adopts to ensure occupational safety.
Manufacturing of cement involves various operations which expose personnel working in the plants to various hazards and associated health and safety risks.
The health and safety risks based on activity and nature of operations could be categorised as high, medium or low depending on frequency of exposure and potential consequences. The risks include but are not limited to working at heights, exposure to hazardous energy sources, movement of vehicles, entry in confined spaces.
The approach towards reducing the risks to as low as reasonably practicable in cement plants is categorised under the following areas:
Leadership and Governance: The interventions include:
a.Visible Leadership: Conducting safety observation tours at all levels in the organisation to demonstrate leadership commitment and improve employee engagement.
Organisation and Culture:
a.Establishing Proactive and Just Reporting Culture to ensure learnings from incidents are disseminated and actions implemented to prevent reoccurrence.
b.Ensure adequate resourcing of the health and safety function to facilitate culture change and integration with business.
Improve competencies of stakeholders through conducting training pro¡grammes at all levels. Improvement of trade skills (examples: scaffolding, rigging and slinging,) and behavior-based safety programmes are essential for hazardous work activities.
Risk Management :
a.Proactive Risk Management processes to ensure risks are controlled/mitigated through effective risk control measures with focus on engineering control of risks. The risk management will address the following areas:
a.Safety during transportation of cement by road is one of the most critical areas where leader¡ship influence can make a significant impact in risk reduction. The key focus areas include:
The effective implementation of the above interventions and risk control measures results in continuous improvement in safety performance and can help achieve sustainable safety.
(This article has been authored by Gaurang Baxi, Head (Safety), Dalmia Cement Bharat Limited).