12 September 2013, Shah Alam, Selangor - Lafarge Malaysia Berhad (“Lafarge”) organised a real-time emergency response drill (“the exercise”) on Jalan Monford in Shah Alam today. The objective of the annual exercise is to test crisis response capabilities as well as to prepare and provide guidance to agencies and personnel involved in responding to real emergency situations so as to ensure smooth coordination in the event of an actual crisis.
The 45-minute exercise was held in collaboration with 12 Government agencies, namely the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia, Royal Malaysian Police, Malaysian Road Transport Department, Land Public Transport Commission, Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research, Road Safety Department of Malaysia, Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital, Department of Environment, Shah Alam City Council, Public Works Department and Malaysia Civil Defence Department.
The exercise provided an opportunity for the agencies to test the timing and effectiveness of communication channels during a crisis, as well as for Lafarge to prepare and provide guidance to related personnel on actions to be taken so as to ensure that there is minimal impact or damage to the ecological and environmental system in the event of any spillage as a result of an accident. The exercise also allowed the related agencies to test their total response capabilities, including the use of real equipment and specific skills.
Paul Yap, Vice President, Supply Chain & Strategic Sourcing, Lafarge Malaysia said “It is important that we create a scenario that is as close to a real road accident as possible so that we are prepared in the event of an emergency situation. At Lafarge, Health and Safety is a priority, and our precautionary and preparedness activities extend to all parties across the supply chain including customer sites and third parties.”
Yap added “The exercise which was carried out today will be closely reviewed and areas which require further refinement or improvement will be identified so as to ensure an effective and rapid emergency response time in the event of a real road accident.”
“At Lafarge, our ultimate goal is to achieve ‘zero harm’ for payroll employees, contractors and third parties, as we aspire to be one of the safest organisations in Malaysia. Having a proactive sense of emergency preparedness has always been a part of Lafarge’s culture”, Yap concluded.
The ’accident’, which involved four vehicles, resulted in spillage of pulverised fuel ash (PFA) which had been carried on a truck, as well as minor damages to the front of the prime mover and the outlet pipe at the trailer. A car and two motorcycles involved in the ‘accident’ also suffered major damages, with one motorcyclist pronounced ‘dead’ at the scene. The car driver and its passenger suffered ‘major injuries’ while the truck driver and the other motorcyclist escaped with ‘slight injuries’.
This year’s annual emergency response drill follows the success of the inaugural exercise held in November 2012 which garnered positive response from government agencies and members of the community involved. It also demonstrates Lafarge’s commitment to Health & Safety of the local community as well as all its stakeholders across its operations and supply chain.
The exercise is in line with Lafarge Malaysia Berhad’s Policies and Procedures, and complies with legislations set by the Fire Services Act, Environmental Quality Act and Occupational Safety and Health Act.
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About Lafarge Malaysia Berhad
Lafarge Malaysia Berhad (formerly known as Lafarge Malayan Cement Berhad) is the parent of a group of companies in Malaysia and Singapore whose core businesses are in the manufacturing and sale of cement, ready-mixed concrete, aggregates and other related building materials. It built the country’s first cement plant in 1953 and currently has more than 1,500 employees.
Lafarge is the leader in the cement industry in Malaysia, operating a nationwide network of facilities that includes three integrated cement plants in Langkawi, Kanthan and Rawang, a grinding plant in Pasir Gudang and distribution channels by road, rail and sea. Lafarge is also one of the leading ready-mixed concrete companies in Malaysia with more than 30 batching plants throughout Peninsular Malaysia. Additional information is available at www.lafarge.com.my
About Lafarge Group
With the world’s leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development actions. More information is available on Lafarge's website: www.lafarge.com
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