Health and Safety


2019 Health and Safety Improvement Plan (HSIP)

We had five strategic objectives in 2019 which were being sponsored by Exco members: Road Safety, Health, Housekeeping, Work at Height and Risk Management.

  1. In Road Safety, we generated a scorecard based on the output of the In-Vehicle Monitoring System (IVMS) and used this scorecard to rate and identify safe and unsafe drivers. We then applied the reward and sanction policy on the drivers based on this scorecard positively influenced their driving behavior.
  2. In Health, some engineering controls were implemented to address ergonomics issues in lifting of bags using trolleys. To manage dust exposure to workers in the packing plant at Nairobi Grinding Plant, a hood was installed. In Housekeeping, sustainable solutions were implemented across the sites to address the housekeeping issues from the source.
  3. In Working at Height, solutions were implemented following the Hierarchy of Controls principle with focus on engineering controls aimed at reducing scaffold use across the sites. Some of the solutions implemented included installation of platforms with side protection and toe-boards.
  4. In Risk Management, the Group introduced a new risk management approach and relaunched toolbox talks (Lifesaving talks) and risk assessment audits (Lifesaving audits). Over 100 safe working procedures were developed under this pillar for high frequency, high risk jobs.

Health and Safety Management System

This was a good practice that was introduced in 2016. It includes audits that are led by Exco members as a demonstration of their leadership and commitment to health and safety. We have so far carried out 16 audits across all sites with over 150 employees from the different sites being trained and involved on these audits. Over 50 level one findings have been closed in these four years; meaning elimination of potential fatalities. Our focus is now to eliminate repeat findings.

Global Health and Safety Days

In 2019, there was great mobilization during the Health and Safety Days campaign held in May and June. We focused on our five H&S rules and the consequence management policy. Fun filled activities were carried out with amazing prizes won by employees and contractor staff.

Road Safety

Road Safety Campaign

In 2019, Bamburi Cement partnered with the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA), Machakos County Government and our transporters to mark the 12th Annual Road Safety campaign that involved sensitizing drivers, motorbike riders, pedestrians and other road users on road safety along the Northern Corridor and other roads in the country.

Bamburi Cement as one of the largest contributors to the number of vehicles on Kenyan roads with between 900 – 1,000 trucks transporting Bamburi’s raw materials and products covering over 20 million kilometers per annum, launched this road safety program in 2006. The program is anchored on Driver Management, Vehicle Management, Journey Management, Load Management and Contractor Management, as well as annual training for over 1500 drivers, 500 motorcyclists and other road users on road safety and defensive driving. Each year the drivers get annual refreshers, while boda-boda riders have been trained along the Northern Corridor, contributing to the reduction of road carnage and deaths.

Transporter Partnerships

The spirit of our transporter partnerships is to ensure that our transporters remain autonomous in their operations even as we enforce compliance with our road safety policies. Through transporter site audits we support and advise transporters on how to adhere to, and meet minimum requirements. Most transporters have adopted our road transport safety policies and procedures then personalized them for improvement, contributing to overall improved safety standards and culture.

Currently we are the only business unit within LafargeHolcim’s MEA region with Five Star rated transporters (currently two). We have integrated IVMS (In Vehicle Monitoring System) and truck inspection tools to ensure driver behavior is managed in real time after every trip not at end of month as was previously done. We have so far achieved over 94% IVMS compliance. In 2019 we also went live with digital journey management and piloted digital solutions like in-cabin driver alert systems in line with IVMS and Route Hazard Mapping with good success. We achieved 100% compliance in driver training and assessment.

We completed integration of the fleet management centre at Nairobi Grinding Plant with Customer Service. The same project is now ongoing at Mombasa Plant. With this, our operations are made seamless with reduced TTAT (Truck Turnaround Time). In addition, we also went live in December with the Transport Analytic Centre that provides the Logistics team with summarized reports, both safety and operations, reporting operations from both Plants with integration of IVMS with other operating systems such as SAP, LOGON and HODIM.

Boda boda training

The Boda Boda (motorcyclists) road safety awareness campaign was initiated by Bamburi Cement and partner organizations in 2006. The main idea was to sensitize Boda Boda riders on road safety and make them better road users. Boda Boda related accidents in Kenya have been on the increase with high fatalities recorded.

The program involves a 3-hour classroom Defensive Rider Training for the Boda Boda Operators, and is done across the northern corridor in specific towns. They are then assessed and certified. In addition, we also involve traffic police and NTSA (National Transport and Safety Authority) to share regulatory requirements such as licensing of the unlicensed and training.

Bamburi has trained over 6,000 motorcyclists on road safety and defensive riding over the past 14 years. This has contributed to the reversal of the unfortunate trend in road carnage and loss of lives. Accidents also result to economic loss to the victims and their families. In addition, behavior change have been witnessed among those trained, with most riders ensuring use of helmets, reflective vests and carrying not more than one pillion passenger.

Transport Directors Meeting

In 2019, we hosted our contracted transporters for our Annual Transporters Directors Meeting, coinciding with launch of our Health & Safety Days campaign. During the meeting, the five H&S rules and the consequence management policy were revisited. The directors then signed a commitment charter as a renewal of their commitment to demonstrating leadership in road safety and general health and safety at their respective companies. It was also an opportunity to review our road safety performance.

What Next?

Our HISP for 2020 is ready and we shall be focusing on Road Safety, Health, Working at Height, Leadership and Accountability, and Competency.