A new guide to address occupational exposures to dust and noise in the cement industryGood health management practices are grounded on two complementary components: proactive assessment and mitigation of the risk of exposure to identified agents in the workplace and careful implementation of a correct protocol for health surveillance.
With the ultimate objective to protect employees by fostering appropriate health management practices, members of the CSI worked on a compilation of recommendations and good practices in the framework of a proactive approach to occupational health beyond locally enforced legislation.
The CSI Health Management Handbook (first launched in October 2015) describes recommended good practices for the management of health risks from occupational exposure to dust, respirable crystalline silica and noise. While it has been the responsibility of individual companies to address these health risks within their operation environment, CSI values a common approach to the management of occupational exposure to dust and noise, that are recurring risk exposures in the cement sector.
The recommended approach in these guidelines is based on four basic pillars: identification of areas with high potential risk, assessment of personal occupational exposure to dust, respirable crystalline silica and noise, suggestion of control techniques to reduce the risks, including the effective use of adequate personal protective equipment, and adequate protocols for medical surveillance.
Health Management Handbook: Addressing occupational exposures in the cement industry
The document also presents two KPIs that can be used both for internal or external evaluation purposes to assess the level of accomplishment against CSI recommended good practices, or the trend of performance over time, as regards the protection of the health of the employees.