CEMEX USA is beginning the new year, renewing its commitment to Zero4Life by holding Safety Week 2021, its annual company-wide initiative designed to get employees laser-focused on the company’s first core value, Health & Safety.
This year, employees were empowered to show-off their safety skills utilizing an action-based safety approach developed to improve hazard identification, hazard control, risk identification and assessment. Employees at each CEMEX USA operation were tasked with choosing a work activity, then identifying the top three hazards related to it. During the exercise, they analyzed the hazard impacts, performed risk assessments and developed hazard controls to eliminate or minimize potential risks.
Employees were also encouraged to utilize the tools already offered in CEMEX’s Health & Safety Management System – a program based on 15 different elements that include safety enhancement items such as leadership, audits and inspections, safe operative practices and risk analysis.
“Our employees are empowered to take action when it comes to safety, and at CEMEX, we are working to create a culture where they can quickly access important safety practices and procedures to become safety leaders,” said Alan MacVicar, CEMEX USA’s vice president of health & safety. “Our employees are encouraged to closely follow these well-established tools and guidelines, in order to create an injury free workplace for themselves and each other.”
Safety Week 2021 began at all CEMEX USA operations on Monday, Jan. 4, with safety activities and messages delivered by local leadership. Employees spent additional time in socially distanced or virtual meetings to address the COVID-19 pandemic, reviewing the company’s Behaviors that Save Lives – protocols focused on identifying and reporting symptoms, safeguarding the health of employees and others, personal hygiene and physical distancing to help stop the spread of the virus.