Cemex launches EHS programs, holds seminar

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013


CONTRACTORS, department heads, supervisors and rank-and-file employees recently attended a seminar and launching of the safety, health and environment programs of the Apo Cement Corp. (Cemex) and Apo Land Quarry Corp. in Tinaan, City of Naga, Cebu.

Engr. Jenevy Patalingjug of the Cemex EHS department, in her lecture, introduced the company’s aim which is the “zero-accident and environmental incident,” and discussed Cemex’s environment, health and safety (EHS) programs.

Cemex’s 14 EHS programs for 2103 are leadership, accountability, administrative and organizational rules; risk management; regulations policies; driving safety; contractors’ management; health and control services; people training and behavior; communication, consultation and health and safety promotions; document control; standard operating procedures; operational control and personal, protective equipment; emergency management; incident investigation reporting and prevention, and audits and continuous prevention.

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Normandy Chan, APO plant director, said attaining the company’s EHS programs, include promoting health and wellness for its workers, as well as adopting standards consistent with the country’s laws and regulations.

“What is important is that each of us goes home safe. We need to change our mindset.

Kailangang unahan natin ang safety. This is the only way to attain operational excellence. I hope that the launching will not end here. It actually starts here.

Let’s have an attitude and sense of urgency to follow the programs. Let’s have a safe day and a safe year ahead of us,” Chan said.

Also present during the seminar were EHS manager Edmundo Trazo and community relations officer Ariel Lazarte of Cemex and Romeo Patalinghug, chief of the health and safety division of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 7.

The day’s event culminated with the participants’ symbolic signing of a replica of a wheel and a world where all health, safety and environmental programs where engraved.

Patalingjug said their signatures are a sign of their commitment to support all company’s safety, health and environment programs.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 06, 2013.

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