Staying true to its battlecry of “Ligtas 24 Oras,” a round-the-clock manifesto that advocates and enjoins everybody to take safety seriously, cement manufacturer CEMEX Philippines bagged SOPI’s prestigious award on road safety.
The Safety Organization of the Philippines, Inc. (SOPI) recognized CEMEX Philippines for having the Outstanding Road Safety Program 2012 during the 43rd National Road Safety Convention at Subic International Hotel, Olongapo City.
As a company accountable for 500 trucks that deliver its products nationwide, CEMEX ensures its operational safety and efficiency through its well-designed Contractor Management Program that resulted to zero fatalities in 2012.
In the Philippines, it has become a practice to hire third party contractors or haulers to provide trucks and vehicles. By this, setting in place safety standards is a challenge since the responsibility extends to third party contractors.
As part of CEMEX’s Contractor Management, Global Positioning System (GPS) were installed in trucks to fully monitor truck and driver activities, particularly potential dangers such as speeding and sudden brakes. Mirrors, side railings, and ball mirrors for blind spots were some of the added safety features for the trucks. There were also roadworthiness checks and 360-inspection to make sure brakes, wipers, and tire thickness are working properly.
In addition, the program has a modernized and efficient way of screening its personnel by intensifying trainings for drivers and helpers and by upping the requirements on vehicular accreditation and driver qualification. CEMEX also conducts drug tests and alcohol tests with the use of Breathalyzer among its drivers.
“It’s a never-ending journey. We will continue to strive to be safe. We have to change the way people think. Safety is top priority. We’ll sacrifice our profits or production just to stop work because it is unsafe. The awareness is something that we want to change,” said Mike Teotico, CEMEX director for logistics.
SOPI, a public service organization, is dedicated to promoting health and safety awareness in a multidisciplinary field. SOPI includes businesses, schools, civic societies, and public agencies among others in its advocacy to put safety first.
“We would really partner with contractors who can commit to our health and safety objectives. It’s important that the contractors understand that it’s not only to comply, it’s for them to live it, for it to be a part of their work,” asserted Edmundo Trazo, CEMEX environmental health and safety corporate manager.