Cement plant accident-free since 1993; gets international safety certification

Cement plant accident-free since 1993; gets international safety certification
Published: 05 October 2005

Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) has achieved a record of 7,832 hours of plant operations without lost time accident (LTA) as of September 30 since the cement plant in San Fernando started operating in 1993.

The company attributed this to its implementation of occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) which has undergone first stage audit by external auditors of Certification International (Philippines) for eventual certification to Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 of 1999.

“We are aiming for one year without lost time accident by November,” disclosed Nilo R. Yap, environment and safety manager of TCPI. “We are now reaping the fruits of our continued effort to control and manage hazards and risks related to the workplace.”

Yap said this development indicates a higher level of safety awareness among TCPI’s employees and contract workers and the commitment of top management to an accident-free operation.

He said the company’s objective to achieve a zero-accident record is anchored on the business philosophy that a healthy and safe environment equates to social responsibility, efficiency and productivity.

“It is our commitment to be consistent by the continuous implementation and evaluation for improvement of our systems,” he added.