OSHA 511

Participants of the OSHA 511 Training, organized by Lafarge Republic Inc.(LRI), listen intently to facilitator Harold Gribow, a US OSHA Outreach Trainer from the University of California in San Diego. More than 40 participants from LRI underwent the 4-day training. LRI also sponsored 3 safety trainers from the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Philippine Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC).

Makati City, June 27, 2013 – In an effort to bolster the company’s health and safety culture, Lafarge Republic Inc. (LRI) engaged a United Sates Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Outreach Trainer to provide advanced industry safety training for Lafarge executives and DOLE safety trainers.

More than 40 local executives and officials of the company underwent the special training, the first time that such training was done in the Philippines. LRI also sponsored 3 safety trainers from Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Philippine Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC).

“At Lafarge, safety is one of the core values of the company and we have always endeavored to ensure the health and safety of our employees, subcontractors, business partners and the communities wherein we operate,” said Renato Sunico, President of Lafarge Republic Inc.

“Not only do we implement stringent safety policies and participate in public health programs; we also encourage safe behavior in and out of our work sites. This week’s activity further underscores our unwavering commitment to health and safety,” Sunico added.

The training entitled OSHA 511: General Industry Safety Advanced 40-hour Training Course, was facilitated by Harold Gribow, a US OSHA Outreach Trainer from the University of California in San Diego. Topics and activities covered were hazard violation, walking & working surfaces, electrical safety, design safety standards, hotworks, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), industrial hygiene, hazard communication, fire protection, machine guarding, and materials handling.

At the end of the training, participants were expected to have acquired a deeper understanding of best practices on occupational safety and health and to be equipped with knowledge on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces.

“Health and safety are paramount concerns for any organization, and the same holds true for us in the cement manufacturing industry and the construction industry as a whole.  Given its inherent hazards, it is imperative for cement companies to maintain working conditions that exceed global standards for health and safety,” said Sunico.

Speaking on behalf of the DOLE trainers who participated, OSHC Executive Director Ma. Teresita Cucueco expressed gratitude for the opportunity to attend the training.

“We are grateful for this initiative by Lafarge Republic, Inc. and in extending this kind of training to the government. Immersion to these kinds of trainings is important… Although our concept of safety is the same, we still want to enhance our training curriculum or module. We want to get the best practices from the US OSHA and put it into our own program. We want to emphasize in our trainings the value of safety culture, as seen in this US OSHA training,” said Cucueco.


Lafarge has an established presence in the Philippines through Lafarge Holdings (Philippines), Inc. and its associated companies – Lafarge Republic, Inc., Lafarge Iligan, Inc., Lafarge Mindanao, Inc., Batong Angono Aggregates Corporation and Lafarge Cement Services (Philippines), Inc. Combining the strength of the global presence of Lafarge with the solid reputation of its local affiliates, Lafarge associated companies are reshaping the construction landscape in the Philippines with their innovative building solutions. They offer the widest range of top-quality cement, aggregates and other building materials under the brands Republic, Fortune, Mindanao, Rapidset, Portland Duo, and Wallmaster to meet the growing needs of an increasingly sophisticated construction industry.

With a national manufacturing footprint composed of 5 cement plants, a cement terminal, and an aggregates quarry, operated by 1300+ skilled professionals, Lafarge in the Philippines is committed to a vision of helping build green communities for a better quality of life. Additional information is available on the website at


A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 65,000 people in 64 countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected.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:


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