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Thomas Ashton Institute

Stakeholder workshop on health and safety performance in the cement industry

5 September 2019

The Hazards in Cement Industries workshop focused on discussing health and safety data in Nigeria and the UK and sharing good practice.

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High hazard industry (HHI) workers and the residents of their adjoining communities are constantly exposed to several key environmental and occupational hazards, which studies have linked to morbidity and mortality.

While several key cement manufacturing companies including LafargeHolcim Cement PLC have continuously exhibited immense commitments towards improving health and safety practiced, sustainable initiatives can only be achieved through continuous research interventions.

The overarching aim of the workshop was to provide a platform that enables engagement and constrictive discussions among key stakeholders. Areas for discussion included:

  • General state of health and safety data in the Nigerian cement industry and understanding interactions between the Health and Safety Executive and industry in the UK.
  • To what extent are health factors incorporated into health and safety performance indicators?
  • What health factors can be easily incorporated into existing health and safety performance measurement frameworks?
  • How can we better incorporate health factors?

Representatives from The University of Manchester, Health and Safety Executive, the Nigerian Government office and from leading cement companies in Nigeria and the UK attended to discuss current issues and share best practice.

More information about the workshop can be found on the Discovering Safety web pages.

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