CEMEX announced April 23 that it has implemented more than 50 new hygiene and safety protocols to minimize the risk of COVID-19 contagion in its cement, ready-mix concrete, and aggregates operations across the world. The company’s operations are in strict adherence to the authorities´ regulations, recognizing the importance of the construction industry in supporting the maintenance and service of essential infrastructure required to face the pandemic and contribute to the economy in the countries where the company is present.
At CEMEX, the health and safety of its employees is the company’s No. 1 priority. Its core businesses of cement, ready-mix concrete, and aggregates have, by nature, a low density of employees in the work area, so the risk of transmission is less probable. However, more than 50 new protocols were implemented to reduce the risk of contagion.
“Due to this pandemic, we have complemented our existing protocols by developing and implementing special protocols and guidelines to protect our employees, communities, and customers from COVID-19 risk. Additionally, we are constantly updating and improving our protocols to be in line with official health regulations,” says Fernando A. González, CEO of CEMEX.
The protocols developed by CEMEX are based on national and international guidelines established by experts in the field, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), and in strict adherence to local health regulations. Among the protocols implemented are the company’s Personal Hygiene Protocol, Physical Distancing Protocol, Screening at Workplace Protocol, CEMEX Truck Drivers Protocol, Workplace Cleaning Protocol, and Commuting To and From Work Protocol, among many others.
The construction industry provides critical infrastructure components necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic, including maintaining critical transportation infrastructure such as bridges and roads, repairing existing hospital infrastructure, creating new temporary emergency hospitals and healthcare facilities, and maintaining society’s basic needs such as water and energy, among many other fundamental needs.
CEMEX is also leveraging its existing digital technologies to limit physical contact and protect employees, customers, and suppliers.
For example, CEMEX´s commercial teams around the world are in constant communication with their clients remotely, effectively leveraging CEMEX Go, the company´s digital platform. With CEMEX Go, customers can place orders, review their history of transactions, track their shipments in real-time via GPS, receive instant notifications of their order status, evaluate and adjust their orders, request invoicing, and make payments.
For more information on the mitigation measures implemented by CEMEX, as well as the importance of the construction industry in the economy, visit: https://www.cemex.com/covid19