Lafarge Africa Restates Commitment To Safety Environment.
Lafarge Africa has Restated its commitment to ensuring the health and safety of stakeholders within its operations and to consistently abiding by the laws and regulations guiding its operations in line with the objectives of its Sustainability Strategy 2030 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
This commitment was part of the resolutions from experts at the 2019 Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Summit organized by the National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria (NISCN) in Lagos.
The summit, which was the first of its kind, brought together safety and health experts, captains of industries and members of the public to discuss the theme “HSE in our DNA: The Billionaire Lifestyle”.
During the panel discussion, the Head, Health Safety and Environment of Lafarge Africa Plc, Folake Odegbami, stated that as part of its core values, the company has made significant investment to ensure a safe workplace, healthy lifestyle and environment for its employees and stakeholders.
“We have quality systems in place to ensure a safe environment in all our plants and we also make significant investments in training. For instance, we have a Safety Training Centre set up in one of our plants in Sagamu, “she said.
“We also have a Drivers’ Training Institute in Calabar among others. Our Cement Professionals Training Programme, also has health and safety elements included in the curriculum. The objective is to ensure that everybody within our space is safe and knows how to help others stay safe too.”
Odegbami further stated that focus on health and safety is part of Lafarge’s corporate social responsibility activities: “We believe that investing in health and safety is very essential to the wellbeing of people within our ecosystem and we are focusing on that with the highest sense of priority. For example, we have invested in Community Health Centers for our host communities in Ewekoro and Sagamu Ogun State, as well as in Ashaka, Gombe State.”
In his remarks, Director General of Lagos Safety Commission, Honourable Hakeem Dickson advocated for safety consciousness across all sectors in Nigeria in the form of deliberate safety practices.
According to Dickson, the benefits that come from safe and healthy practices cannot be over emphasized. For this reason, he encouraged all stakeholders to take deliberate steps towards adopting safe and healthy practices while driving organisational obligations towards operational safety and excellence.
source: The Nation