June 27, 2013
June 2013 is the sixth annual Health and Safety Month, and this year’s theme, “At home, at work–make the link,” aims to encourage employees to apply at home the concepts and best practices learned at work.
“Health & Safety Month is an annual opportunity to celebrate our successes and to review safety protocols such as regular safety training for new and seasoned employees alike and field-level risk assessments to ensure that best practices are consistently applied throughout the Company,” said John Stull, CEO of Lafarge U.S. “This year we focused on ways to translate our workplace safety culture into our personal lives to keep our loved ones healthy and safe.”
In order to meet that goal, Lafarge sites also considered personal and environmental health basics such as housekeeping, physical exams, healthy eating, use of personal protection and self-defense.
Lafarge’s Brooklynn cement distribution terminal in New York participated by hosting health and safety event for local businesses and truck drivers. The employees provided handouts with information about distracted driving as well as safety items like safety glasses and work gloves.
Another facility, the Lafarge quarry in Rosiclare, Illinois, received help from state police, who gave a presentation about distracted driving and offered an open discussion session.
As part of the additional focus on personal and environmental health, the Lafarge site in Joliet, Illinois, hosted a health and safety day that included wellness checks for employees and their families as well as information and demonstrations from first responders and a local bomb squad.