Towards ‘Zero Harm’
Ambuja respects all human life whether connected with its business or not, irrespective of any differentiation. The overall goal of Ambuja’s occupational health and safety (OH&S) policy is ‘zero harm to people’. Ambuja believes that injuries, occupational illnesses and diseases are preventable. We apply OH&S standards and directives, define organisational accountabilities, provide necessary resources and training, manage performance and minimise risk to our employees, contractors, visitors, and the community. OH&S is integrated with our business processes spanning people, systems, technologies, and facilities. OH&S is driven by commitment from Top Management and visible leadership across all levels.

A systematic reporting system enables Top Management to evaluate the overall direction and efficacy of the health and safety system and develop strategies for improving it. To that end, we compare our own health and safety results regularly with the goals we have set for ourselves and with available benchmarks for the cement sector. Regular audits ensure that external and internal regulations/ standards are implemented and complied with. Ambuja employees, contractors, vendors, and visitors at all Ambuja locations are expected to comply strictly with the Company’s cardinal rules without compromise and with zero tolerance for error. Additionally, DGMS has also specified guidelines on OH&S for mines, which are complied with.

Being a cement company, the volume of raw material (fly ash, slag, and coal) and product transportation by road increases the risk of vehicle and traffic-related accidents. Road safety remains one of the biggest issues, largely among contract transporters delivering the product. We are committed to improving transport safety. We started rolling out road safety and supply chain workshops in our plants and offices in order to engage with our employees, workers, and contractors. The medical and physical fitness of our employees and workers is also in focus. We have sought engineering and logistics solutions for plant layouts and machinery, to make transportation more efficient and safer.
  1. 1. RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) technology is used to control the number of vehicles moving within our plants at any point of time; and a 51 GPS (Global Positioning System) tracks vehicle movement against various parameters from ‘Gate Out’ to ‘Gate In’.
  2. Driver fatigue is regularly addressed to control accidents.
  3. Intensive transporter engagement is undertaken to sensitise them to improve the conditions of their vehicles, and the quality & skills of their manpower (drivers).
  4. Defensive driving training is provided across all plants. Safety awareness has been intensified for the plant and office staff to sensitise them about our OH&S policy, principles and management system. ‘Visible Safety Leadership’ programmes were conducted across business units for senior line managers and Top Management.
  5. This training prepares them to be a role model to their subordinates by visibly leading safety in the field. A contractor safety management (CSM) standard has been developed for a section of our contractors. The standard outlines the requirements for developing and implementing adequate processes to control or minimise the risks associated with contracted activities.