Occupational Health & Safety

‘Zero Harm to People’ is a non-negotiable commitment at INSEE Cement where the health and safety of all our stakeholders remains one of our utmost priorities and is the foundation of the INSEE Sustainability Ambition 2030. We believe that all occupational injuries, illnesses, and other hazards are preventable, and have committed to grow our business responsibly and sustainably, adhering to effective OHS Management Systems.

INSEE Cement is committed to nurturing healthy and safe working environments, but our obligation does not stop with our employees; we are committed to improving health and safety measures throughout our value chain. The INSEE Cement OHS commitment starts at the top tier of our leadership with the Executive Committee, and cascades down across all strata of the company. Each employee, contractor or any other stakeholder when engaging with INSEE Cement also commits to working safely and being attentive to the health and safety of others, while also understanding and following established OHS rules and procedures at INSEE Cement. No one person is exempt of following OHS rules and procedures established, and no one may undertake or permit any unsafe act or to work in an unsafe or unhealthy condition.

Aside from the responsibility taken by our Executive Committee on OSH implementation, ‘Safety Leadership’ has been a critical part of establishing good governance at INSEE Cement. We believe management is the most significant influence on employee behavior, and that it is the ability of management to influence and control the behavior of employees that determines whether injuries occur in a workplace. 96% of workplace injuries are traced in one form or another back to unsafe acts and behaviors of employees.

INSEE Cement complies with all applicable legislation and regulations with regard workplace OHS and aims to continuously improve the health and safety performance benchmark of the company. Our commitment and effort have resulted in continuously decreasing incident rates year-on-year, while making progress against evolving targets set by ourselves. INSEE focuses on active KPIs rather than reactive ones with priorities given to safety observational tours, task observations and OHS training hours. The OHS performance is continuously reviewed and monitored by the Central Safety Committee headed by our dedicated OHS team, with bimonthly meetings presided by the Chairman, CEO and Executive Committee. Site-wise safety performance is reviewed monthly by Safety Sub-Committees at each INSEE Cement operational location.

Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems at INSEE Cement

  • Puttalam Cement Plant – OHSAS 18001:2007
  • Ruhunu Cement Plant – OHSAS 18001:2007
  • Mahaweli Marine Cement (Pvt) Ltd – OHSAS 18001:2007


Key Projects:

Future Leader and Next Leader

Develop OHS capabilities of key individuals in various roles across the company with structured trainings programs covering IOSH Managing Safety Course Content, with participants awarded a certificate by IOSH upon successful completion of the programs. Our management also uses Visible Felt Leadership (VFL) as a tool to demonstrate their OHS Leadership; employees “see” managers talking about safety and “feel” its importance to the company, while leaders contribute their most important asset -” time” – to drive the message through.

OHS Professional Capacity Training Program

INSEE Cement works closely with the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health of Sri Lanka (NIOSH) to uplift national OHS standards; we have partnered with NIOSH to conduct a one-year professional OHS training program to develop professional capacities of GCE A/L qualified students to become NVQ Level 5 qualified Safety Officers, while also renewing our commitment as Technical Partners of the Annual National Safety Awards organized by NIOSH each year.

A wide range of tests and equipment to assess fresh and hardened concrete properties

  • Specified Tests for Self-Compacting Concrete
    • Flow Table Test – BS EN 12350-5:2019
    • J-Ring Test – BS EN 12350-12:2010
    • V Funnel – BS EN 12350-09:2010
    • L Box – EN 12350
  • Slump test – BS EN 12350-2 and ASTM C143
  • Density of fresh concrete – ASTM C138
  • Air content in fresh concrete – ASTM 231
  • Concrete bleeding – ASTM 232
  • Concrete setting time – ASTM C403
  • Compressive Strength up to 180 MPa – Testing Machines (3000 & 4000KN) – Double the existing strength standards in Sri Lanka
  • NDT for Compressive Strength up to 130 MPa – Impact Rebound Hammers – Double the existing equipment capacity in Sri Lanka
  • Flexural Strength – ASTM C78 / BS EN 12390-5-2019
  • Splitting Resistance – ASTM C-496 / EN 12390-6 / EN 1338
  • Concrete Specimen Grinding Machine – BS EN 12390-2 2019/ ASTM D4543

A wide range of tests and equipment to assess and ensure your aggregate grade meets the demand and requirement of your concrete.

  • INSEE Measurement Tools
    • INSEE Blue™ – Assess clay content as key quality indicator for manufactured and natural pit sand
    • INSEE Shape™ – Assess the grain shape particles as key quality indicator for manufactured sand
  • Coarse and fine aggregate particles size distribution – ASTM C136 / C136M – 19 & BS EN 933-1
  • Relative Density and Absorption of Coarse Aggregates – ASTM C127-12
  • Aggregate Impact Value (AIV) – BS EN 1097-2:2010
  • Flakiness Index & Elongation Index – BS EN 933-3:2012
  • Soundness Test of Aggregates – SN EN 206-1
  • Aggregate Crushing Value (ACV)- BS EN 1097-2:2010
  • Los Angeles Abrasion Test – ASTM C 131-06

A range of tests to assess properties of fresh concrete that go beyond the traditional ‘slump test’, improving the quality and consistency of concrete.

  • INSEE Measurement Tools
    • INSEE Flow™
    • INSEE Heat™
    • INSEE Color™
    • INSEE ConTemp™
  • ICAR Rheometer for paste, mortar & concrete toassess pumpability, flow resistance, thickness, slump retention, admixtures compatibility
  • Grout for Pre-Stressing Tendons – BS EN 445 2007
  • Electrical Conductivity for paste & mortar
  • Cementometer™ latest microwave technology for the determination of fresh concrete water to cement w/c ratio

Advanced testing with durability indicators to optimize structural performance and extend the service life of concrete structures exposed to severe environments.

  • Rapid Chloride Permeability Test - ASTM C1202
  • Bulk Electrical Conductivity of Hardened Concrete - ASTM C1760-12
  • Specific Resistivity - RILEM TC154 - AASHTO T358
  • Concrete Carbonation - Swiss SIA 262-1/1 CEN/TS 12390-12
  • O2 Permeability - RILEM 116-PCD CEMBUREAU Method
  • Capillary Water Absorption/ Sorptivity - Swiss SIA 262/1:2013 ASTM C1585-04
  • Initial Surface Absorption (ISAT) - BS 1881 Part 5
  • Water Permeability - EN 12390-8:2000
  • Concrete Sulphate Resistance - SIA 262-1/A