NLSupervision Egypt added another star to its safety achievements after completing one year without a Lost Time Injury (LTI) on its site in National Cement Company on 26th February 2015.
'When NLSupervision first took over the Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of the National Cement Company in Egypt, we were faced with huge safety challenges' - Shereif ElKably, Regional HSE & Security Director
When NLSupervision Egypt took over the O&M for the NCC site, it was quite old and almost all of the equipment’s safety items were not yet in place. This, coupled with a completely new work force that were not used to the high safety standards set by NLSupervision, lead to the very high Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) of 22 during the first 6 months of operation in the second half of 2012. “This did not prevent us from taking over the challenge. Quite the contrary, it increased our determination to succeed in changing the safety culture at the NCC site”, Shereif El Kably explains.
A new safety culture
It takes time and a lot of hard work to roll out new safety standards and it is an even bigger challenge to engage the employees in a new safety culture. NLSupervision focused on an extensive training campaign to ensure that all employees were trained. At the same time, a detailed risk assessment was made to identify the priorities of the hazards that needed to be addressed at each workplace.
Next step was to ensure that enough resources were made available to mitigate these hazards. Continuous focus for the site safety improvement was made at all levels of the management; all senior managers reviewed and addressed safety concerns on the site. A robust and thorough management system was developed and the required procedures were implemented to meet the OHSAS18001 requirements. A strong behavior observation program enabled the site’s management team to be constantly visible and informed of the safety performance of the site.
All these activities lead to a step change in the safety culture at NCC site, and resulted in a reduction of the LTIFR from 22 (in 2012) to 6.0 (in 2013) to 2.4 (in 2014) to zero in 2015.