Lafarge Zambia has launched its annual Health and Safety Month to promote awareness and spark behavioral change under the theme “I stop unsafe work”.

In a statement issued by Lafarge Communication Department yesterday, the company stated that the Health and Safety month provided an opportunity for Lafarge Zambia engage all stakeholders, including government, to make steps towards improvements in Health and Safety performance by promoting awareness and influencing behavioural change.

“During this period Lafarge Zambia has developed a number of activities to promote Health and Safety at the plants and away from the plants. Some of these activities include Road Safety walk from Lafarge Plant to Linda round-about on May 19, 2017 to sensitize road users on the importance of road safety and stopping unsafe acts whilst on the road. Lafarge Zambia will also be working with Chawama Constituency Councillors and ward leaders in a cleaning exercise of freedom compound as well as donate to Mother of Mercy Hospice among others.

The Health and Safety month activities will culminate into a Family Day celebration to be held on 26 May 2017 at the Chilanga Golf club,” Lafarge stated.

Speaking during the launch at Chilanga Plant, Lafarge Zambia Chief Executive officer Vincent Bouckaert urged the company’s over 1,000 employees to take time to communicate the Health and Safety priority and share best practices with colleagues, contractors, families and all other stakeholders.

“Our Health and Safety month is a unique opportunity for us to celebrate our success and a time to communicate, why Health and Safety is our number one priority. We have to communicate our successes to our colleagues within the LafargeHolcim Group, contractors, family and other stakeholders,” said Bouckaert.

On April 29, Lafarge Zambia hosted the Lafarge Lusaka marathon which drew thousands of local and international participants with a focus on promoting wellness at the workplace and in the community.