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Date 25/06/2008

Lafarge "Safety Month" Highlights Importance of Safe Workplace For Employees, Subcontractors, Companies and Communities

Herndon, VA

Lafarge North America Inc.


This month, Lafarge North America Inc. - part of the Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials - is holding "Safety Month" at its 1,000 plus sites throughout North America.


At each site, management is seeking to raise awareness among employees, subcontractors and the local community about the importance of safety to the company's employees and subcontractors, the company itself, and the communities in which Lafarge and its subsidiaries operate here and around the world.


"Nothing is more important to us at Lafarge than the safety of our workers, our subcontractors, and the communities in and near which we operate," says Louise Muth, Director of External Communications for Lafarge North America. "A safe workplace means a better quality of life and better morale for our employees.


Lafarge's ‘Safety Month' program is designed to educate the Lafarge family about why safety is so important, and to remind our employees and subcontractors about ways to maximize their own safety, on the job, in and around the plant, and in their own homes and communities."


Lafarge is already one of the safest companies in its sector, and the safety of its employees, subcontractors and communities has long been a top priority. Reflecting that emphasis, Lafarge North America has made significant progress in improving its safety performance. For example:


The Aggregates and Concrete business achieved a 6.4% decrease in the Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate from 2006 to 2007 as a result of the company's comprehensive safety program. In the first quarter of 2008 this business unit achieved a 19% improvement from the 2007 level.


Since 2002, the Cement business has achieved a 44% reduction in all injuries and a 25% reduction in lost time injuries. The Gypsum business has now worked 8 months without a Lost Time Incident and has reduced its Medical Incident Rate by 60% since 2006.


Lafarge has set itself the goal of becoming one of the world's leading industrial groups with regard to safety. To achieve this, in 2006 Lafarge drew up an ambitious roadmap, covering all aspects of its health and safety performance.

Creation of a dedicated health and safety organization, reporting to top management.


A worldwide health and safety department has been set up, reporting directly to the Chairman/CEO. This department promotes and coordinates the activities of health and safety managers throughout Lafarge's subsidiaries, who themselves report to the highest managerial level within those units.


Development of Lafarge standards, deployed worldwide


In 2006, Lafarge launched a new safety policy, which every one of Lafarge's 90,000 employees has signed, affirming their commitment to the company's safety approach and safety rules. The four most high-risk situations within Lafarge's professional activities have been identified: working at height, energy isolation tasks, access to confined spaces and use of mobile equipment. Standards are being defined and deployed for each of these operations in all units worldwide, enabling each site to ensure that the accident prevention rules are implemented.


Leadership and empowerment of managers


Safety has become a key career management criterion within Lafarge. The health and safety roadmap's results and state of progress are now part of the annual performance and bonus criteria applicable to all operational managers.


Stronger efforts to raise awareness among employees


Training programs have been set up at each site for both employees and subcontractors including the annual "Safety Month," taking place in June this year, at all of Lafarge's 3,000 manufacturing sites worldwide. During the month, each site is organizing events, open houses, sessions to raise awareness, and communication campaigns on the theme of health and safety for employees, their families, subcontractors and the local communities working and living near Lafarge sites.


Sharing best practices among business units


To create internal momentum and encourage business units to adopt best practices already developed elsewhere within the company, Lafarge has set up a "Safety Excellence Club" to reward performance at the best business units. Those units which have achieved a high level of safety performance are eligible to join. These units are awarded a label enabling them to promote their safety results, comprising a wide variety of communications materials.


Louise Muth

Director of External Communications, Lafarge North America



Leader mondial des matériaux de construction, Lafarge occupe une position de premier plan dans chacune de ses activités : Ciment, Granulats & Béton et Plâtre. Avec 78 000 collaborateurs dans 78 pays, le Groupe a réalisé en 2009 un chiffre d'affaires de 15,9 milliards d'euros.

En 2010, pour la sixième année consécutive, Lafarge est répertorié dans la liste des 100 multinationales les plus engagées en matière de développement durable. Doté du premier centre de recherche au monde sur les matériaux de construction, Lafarge place l'innovation au cœur de ses préoccupations, au service de la construction durable et de la créativité architecturale.

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