Health and safety are top priorities at Lafarge Cement Jordan and this is evident across all levels of the company. By implementing stringent health and safety policies, the company strives to create a safe work environment for its employees. In turn, employees are also contributing to this environment by taking responsibly and showing their own commitment to Lafarge's "zero tolerance" policy. Lafarge is focusing through this program on four main Safety related standards:
- "Work at Height"
- Energy isolation
- Mobile equipment
The Safety Pioneers program, which started in 2009, strives to increase the level of employee awareness on safety issues, further encourage safe practices and implement safety procedures in order to create a safe and risk free environment. The program focuses on improving communication by encouraging employee feedback and increasing the number of reports being filed on hazardous conditions and near miss accidents in the workplace. It also develops pioneer participants to support and lead specific safety activities across the company.
What distinguishes this program from other training programs is the continuous monitoring aspect of the program. Upon completion, a three month monitoring period commences entitled "Pioneer Clusters" focusing on weekly and monthly meetings with the safety teams and plant managers, in addition to meetings held with senior management to provide them with continuous feedback on the training and the challenges that the pioneers are facing. So far, four groups of 112 participants have been graduated from this program.