Lafarge Wapco has offered health and safety tips to employees as part of its efforts to promote safety and reduce fatality at home and workplaces.
A statement from the firm obtained on Thursday said the initiative was aimed at inculcating in the employees strict adherence to safety culture/behaviour at all times.
It quoted the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge Wapco, Mr. Joe Hudson, as saying that the exercise was to create a safe environment both at home and at work, which would ultimately lead to high productivity.
He spoke at the closing ceremony of the company’s annual health and safety campaign held in Sagamu, Ogun State, on the theme, ‘At home, at work, make the link.’
He hinged the increasing rate of fatality, especially at workplaces, on the neglect to safety rules and regulations. According to him, carelessness along this line often leads to fatality, which in many cases has claimed human lives in the course of production and operations.
Hudson explained that the exercise would afford the employees “the opportunity to pause, think and deliberate on ways of achieving specific safety targets”, which would help them to recognise the importance of thinking and acting safe wherever they found themselves.
He said, “We have the ambition of being one of the safety work environments, hence the continuous engagements of all employees to imbibe safety culture. It remains our responsibility to ensure that our environments are safe whether at home or at work.
“If you have a safe environment at home and also at workplace, there will be high productivity. The best way to do business is through safety. We strive to drive home the importance of thinking and acting safe wherever we find ourselves. Lafarge has shown lots of commitment to safety so as to ensure a safe environment for work.”
The managing director also noted that since the initiative started in the company, the rate of injury and fatality had drastically reduced and productivity increased, adding that it was not just about standards and rules but behaviour, culture and safety adherence.