CONTRIBUTING TO SOCIETY

Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Health and Safety

Value Chain Boundaries

Impacts of this topic reach Argos’ procurement processes and the supply chain.Supliers
Impacts of this topic are evaluated throughout all Argos operations.Argos
Impacts of this topic reach our industrial and/or retail clients.Clients
Impacts of this topic reach our communities, authorities and other individuals of the society.Society

Our management approach

Added value to the company

At Argos, we are committed to protecting the lives of all our stakeholders. We seek to ensure safe and healthy work conditions for all of our employees, preventing work accidents, occupational diseases, and emergencies so that we all come back home safe and sound. Through leadership, we foster commitment and discipline in order to avoid risks that could affect the continuity of our operations and impact our reputation, productivity, and costs. We firmly believe that the only acceptable number is zero incidents with injuries and zero occupational illnesses.

Added value to society

Health and safety are a clear demonstration of our respect pillar, therefore, we prioritize protecting life in all our business activities. We are committed to protecting our employees, but in addition, through leadership, we promote a culture of individual and collective care by raising awareness, evaluating, monitoring, and implementing high standards for our contractors and suppliers, neighboring communities, and others in order to ensure that we all go home safe and sound. The cost to society for 2016 derived from occupational incidents and illnesses decreased by 47% compared to 2015 according to our Value Added Statement – VAS.

103-2 Initiatives, commitments, and policies


OIT principles

Cement Sustainability Initiative

Argos Principles and Values

OH&S Policy

Talent Management Policy

Human Rights Policy

Sustainability Policy

103-2 Governance


Board of Directors

CEO and Central Executive Committee

Operating Discipline Subcommittee

Accidents Investigation and Analysis Subcommittee

I Promise to Observe Subcommittee

Risk Management Subcommittee

Occupational Health Subcommittee

Contractors’ Management Subcommittee
Employee at Honduras, Caribbean and Central America Region

2016 performance

  • The I Promise Project aims to integrate health and safety management systems with a strong governance structure. It impacts the safety culture of our company and has contributed significantly to a decrease in incidents. Also, it has spread to our value chain, specifically the contractors, suppliers, and communities that are close to our operations.
  • 403-1 One hundred percent of our employees in the three regions are currently represented by different OH&S Committees, in which we deal with issues such as the identification of risks that might generate injuries or diseases in the company’s activities and facilities.
  • Reinforcement of the OH&S management system to continously improve performance, launched during Sustainability Week with an attendance of 3,939 people.
  • 103-2 Implementation of AMATIA, a user-friendly, digital platform that allows us to document incidents in real time, as well as check frequency and severity rates and observations by operation, business, and country. We are currently investigating 100 percent of lost time incidents, and serious unsafe behaviors in order to learn from our mistakes and prevent risks. We develop action plans that are continuously monitored for fulfillment.
  • We developed education activities on road safety during the Sustainability Dialogues, which 2,732 people attended.
  • Strengthening of the OH&S structure: All employees involved in the health and safety issues.

Both our frequency and severity rates saw major reductions during 2016. For our employees, the frequency rate decreased by 44% and for our contractors it decreased by 52.1%. The severity rate decreased in 49% for employees and 36.7% for contractors.

Upcoming challenges

  • To improve the operational risk field assessment based on these elements:
    • Train people to identify risk.
    • Train people to eliminate or control risks.
    • Implement effective KPI follow-up strategies.
  • To implement life-saving and critical tasks procedures.

A-SI1 EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS LOST TIME INCIDENT FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY RATES

Frequency

Colombia
Caribbean and Central America
USA
Argos Corporate
Total

2016
Contractors

0.71
0.8
0
3.6
0.8

2016
Employees

1.8
2.2
0.4
1.5
1.4

2015
Contractors

1.71
1.45
0
1.67

2015
Employees

2.83
1.73
2.19
2.50
Colombia
Caribbean and Central America
USA
Argos Corporate
Total

Goals 2016
Contractors

1.14
1.22
0
3.6
1.17

Goals 2016
Employees

2.36
1.38
2.06
1.5
2.11

Goals 2017
Contractors

0.87
1.15
0
2.88
0.92

Goals 2017
Employees

1.8
1.3
2.55
1.2
1.66

*Caribbean and Central America

Severity

Colombia
Caribbean and Central America
USA
Argos Corporate
Total

2016
Contractors

13
12
0
9
12.63

2016
Employees

42
16
9.2
12.9
27

2015
Contractors

20.21
18.38
0
19.96

2015
Employees

32.79
36.18
97.49
53.45
Colombia
Caribbean and Central America
USA
Argos Corporate
Total

Goals 2016
Contractors

12.8
12.5
0
9
12.6

Goals 2016
Employees

42.4
15.7
9.2
12.9
27.1

Goals 2017
Contractors

9.5
8.5
0
6.3
8.82

Goals 2017
Employees

41.77
6.82
6.44
9.03
18.97

*Caribbean and Central America

2016 Goal tracking
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· We strengthened the governance structure for OH&S.
· We closed performance gaps in the occupational health and safety
operations.
· We set up Amatia, the information platform tool.
· We progressively reduced the number of incidents, seeking to become a benchmark in the safety and health sector.
· We developed a unified management system to track OH&S results in the long run.
2017 Goals
  • We will continue strengthening the governance structure and the health and safety management system.
  • We will continue closing performance gaps in occupational health and safety in our operations.
  • We will continue reducing the number of incidents and unsafe behaviors seeking to become a an example in the safety and health sector.
  • We are convinced that the only acceptable figure is ZERO; we will have zero incidents, zero occupational illnesses and zero fatalities in 2017.