Plant Health & Safety Manager at Lafarge Africa Plc

Lafarge Africa Plc is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group – the biggest building and concrete solutions company in the world. It is a publicly quoted company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and serves Nigeria with a wide range of building and construction solutions designed to meet housing and construction needs from small projects like individual home buildings to major construction and infrastructure projects.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Plant Health & Safety Manager

Requisition ID: 6562
Location: Ashaka Plant, Gombe
Employment Type: Full-time

About the Role

  • The role is responsible for ensuring that all staff, contractors, and visitors are aware of and comply with LafargeHolcim and site safety rules, including incident reporting standards.
  • Collaboration with line management, training departments, and HR is essential to assess and develop training needs related to health and safety based on the plant's risk exposure.
  • Structuring and implementing health and safety communications is crucial to improve awareness and accountability.
  • Managing a local health and safety committee to engage key stakeholders, ensuring effective implementation of group policies, and compliance with safety procedures are also key tasks.
  • Regular participation in management meetings, producing monthly reports, liaising with inventory managers for PPE availability, conducting regular audits, and acting as a resource for the Health and Safety Steering Committee are required.
  • Communication with the company health and safety director and government agencies, organizing training, ensuring mobile equipment drivers have valid licenses, carrying out inspections, conducting medical and fire drills quarterly, annual medical assessments, and maintaining a working relationship with plant doctors for health-related issues are also part of the role.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Ensure every worker gets inducted onto the site by having a simple safety Induction program and materials that covers key topics.  
  • All contractors and staff should pass a comprehensive induction which they sign off and includes a way to validate knowledge & key topics covered - keep copy as record for each individual.  A simple induction briefing should be used for all visitors to offices:
    • LafargeHolcim Safety Policy and Rules 
    • Site specifics 
    • Duty Of Care 
    • Reporting Requirements 
    • Standards and Advisories 
  • Work with the site management and HR functions to assess and develop training needs and organize / facilitate suitable programs to support the site safety awareness and skill to  reach the required level:
    • Lafarge Main standards awareness - WAH, PPE, EI, CSM, Crystalline Silica, Mobile Equipment and People transport advisories. 
    • Risk Management 
    • Lifting and Rigging 
    • VFL Training 
  • Audit and Assess site contractors and staff for compliance with Lafarge rules and Policies, react and interact with contractor management and Lafarge management when gaps.   It is likely a daily site inspection will be needed with a structured system to track positive and negative observations. Issue a simple weekly report for management to get feedback and update on critical health and safety matters, KPIs and concerns. Involvement in more detailed Formal audits to teh group standard may also be requested.
  • Assess with support of company doctor the emergency response readiness, awareness and materials.  Monitor and track first-aid certification and training is suitable to manage anticipated incidents on the site.
  • Support line management and challenge site ways of working - review field and site risk assessments, works and look for concerns or unanticipated risks or non compliances to rules. Escalate and challenge.  The safety coordinator as with any person is empowered to stop any activity on the site.
  • Tool Box Talks - Implement a system to have one structured tool box talk on a relevant subject each week and the recording of attendance and subject.
  • Record site statistics and ensure all staff and contractors on the site are captured, in alignment with LafargeHolcim incident and reporting standard. Lead accident and Incident investigation when needed using RCA.
  • Assist in the development of the project / site safety improvement program.  This should include the monthly facilitation of a health and safety committee.
  • Make periodic health assessments of offices, canteens, toilets and facilities and assess compliance with Welfare Facilities Standard, Ergonomics Advisory. 

Who You'll be Working With

  • Human dimension: The incumbent reports to the Plant Manager.
  • Organisational dimension: The incumbent interacts regularly with all categories of Staff in the Ewekoro line 1 and 2 and offers professional advice on health and safety.
  • He / She also interact regularly with the external public for Health and Safety management on regulatory aspects.

What we are looking for:

  • Candidates should possess a Degree / HND qualification
  • Familiar in OSHA / Safety best practices and 
  • Member of National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria or similar Organization 
  • Familiar with federal Ministry of Labour:
    • Factories Act CAP F1 LFN, 2004 
    • National Policy on Occupational Safety & Health
    • Reviewed National Workplace Policy on HIV & AIDS

Technical competencies:

  • Occupational Health and Safety technical Competency 
  • Excellent Computer Skills
  • Good facilitation skills 
  • Good communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of cement and Ready-mix production processes and blasting

Behavioural competencies: 

  • Good interpersonal relations
  • Good organizational skills
  • Self confidence
  • Team spirit

Managerial competencies:

  • Results oriented
  • Pro-active decision making
  • Ability to persuade and convince
  • High integrity
  • Good leadership quality


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