Ensuring healthy and safe working conditions for employees is one of the most important issues for the lime industry.

Since 2010, EuLA has launched a yearly collection of safety statistics across all its member companies in a systematic and harmonised way. Three collection exercises have been organised so far by EuLA and IMA-Europe (of which EuLA is a member). The preliminary results of the first three years of safety statistics however indicate that the general accident performances of the industrial mineral sector are not satisfying.

As there is a general consensus that that there is no higher priority for the minerals industry than the health and safety of the people it employs, it was decided to launch an effective accidents prevention strategy starting in 2013.

An aspirational target of zero injuries for the sector was agreed and is to be reached in two phases:

  • A 50% reduction in the global IMA-Europe LTIFR by 2016
  • A further 50% reduction by 2020

This Target Zero Injury strategy, to which EuLA adheres, is designed around four pillars:

  • Obtain commitment from all companies’ top management,
  • Reinforce data collection, with the aim to reach 100% reporting,
  • Exchange experiences: anonymous company safety alerts (on serious and fatal accidents) will be shared between members with recommendations on how to prevent them,
  • Organise IMA Safety Awards rewarding companies showing the best improvement performances in safety.