Tarmac Cement & Lime Ltd – The Future is Golden

Tarmac Cement & Lime Ltd – The Future is Golden


Tarmac Cement & Lime Ltd is a leading supplier of bagged, ready-to-use and bulk cement and lime with over 150 years of history and heritage. Our distinctive blue circle livery is a familiar site across the UK road network transporting approximately 5mt of product through our regional supply chains to our varied customer base.

This case study provides an overview of our organisation and logistics safety strategy, whilst demonstrating the various operational, environmental and safety enhancements that our business has benefitted from by striving for the FORS Gold accreditation.

We operate a fleet in excess of hundred units, bulk powder tankers and curtain sider trailers.

Keeping people healthy and safe is of paramount importance to us. We recognise that key to our long term success depends on our ability to provide an effective logistics service ensuring safe and environmentally friendly deliveries whilst continuing to build strong relationships with our communities. Our aim is to operate a zero harm culture through a keen focus on continuous improvement in everything that we do, which FORS is certainly helping us to achieve by providing the tools and focus to reinforce our transport strategy.

Tarmac Cement & Lime Ltd joined the FORS scheme in September 2014 and has held the Gold accreditation since 2017. Sustained adherence to the FORS requirements have helped drive and structure improvements through the adoption of different templates and reporting tools made available to FORS hauliers.

Having a large third-party haulier base provides a great opportunity to learn and promote the highest industry standards. Each haulier has pro-actively worked with Tarmac C&L to progress their own accreditations; with each acknowledging that they have benefitted from the uptake of the standard.

As a recognised and accredited FORS company we have made the most of the benefits on offer such as use of the Performance Management tool, which has subsequently driven a review of our balanced scorecard and in particular the Safe Urban Driving training which was well received by our driver population and has undoubtedly played a key role in helping us to reduce the number of road related incidents. Moreover, as FORS Silver is becoming an increasing mandatory requirement for large construction tender projects it adds to the motivation to maintain and continue to drive safety improvements through our supply chain. Demonstrating compliance CLOCS and being FORS accredited is now more than ever critical for the sustainability of our business.

“FORS continues to provide the tools and vision to enable us to continuously progress our Transport Management system” Nick Childs, Logistics Safety & Compliance Manager

The FORS workshops themselves have improved our knowledge setting a firm foundation during the recent review of our Transport Management System.

Since being accredited, we have made the most of the benefits on offer, in particular Management FORS Practitioner workshops ensuring a firm foundation and aligned Transport Management System. Moreover, it has effectively facilitated learning across our Transport teams and has  provided us with the opportunity to network with likeminded logistics professionals.

“We continue to use a variety of training methods such as the FORS e-learning modules, Driver CPC, Safe Urban Driving, Profi Drive, TBTs, Telematics analysis to drive improvements across all areas of our operation ” Ian Bowhill, Logistics Distribution Manager



MPG Incidents per 100,000 Kms CO2 NOx PM10 Number of PCNs Proportion of fleet that uses alternative fuels
2019 6.8 0.64 5871 5943 104 17 0%
2020 8.1 0.35 4457 7215 127 9 0%
2021 10.1 0.30 4577 6869 120 25 0%
Percentage improvement 68% 47% 22% 16% -14% -32% 0%

*Annual improvement in MPG and Incidents per 100,000 Kms

Driver health and fitness review – our company is actively screening all new starters and as we class our Sales Lorry Driver role as ‘safety critical’, annual health assessments and ongoing support are ensured. This process has enabled us to identify some underlying health issues with our drivers and therefore we have been able to proactively support where possible on an individual basis.

Strategy for recruiting drivers – Whilst Tarmac C&L have a high driver retention rate, we supplement driver shortfalls by the use of an agency service. Tarmac C&L operates a strict policy to develop and upskill all new drivers in the operation of cement tankers through a structured two week development and assessment programme supervised by one of our six in-house driver trainers. This covers training in all of the key competences regarding vehicle manoeuvring, familiarisation, Safe and proficient driving, telematics amongst many other items. Once the new driver is signed off as competent to driver for Tarmac C&L they will participate in ongoing assessment process.

In addition, we have diversified our approach to driver promotion in 2021 though the use of various media and advertising methods to attract drivers into the Logistics industry.

Noise assessment – The FORS standard has guided our focus and awareness on the need to minimise noise pollution across our operation. Whilst a robust process has always been in place for our Plants and Terminals a greater level of focus was identified across our Logistics operation. This has resulted in further surveys, awareness training and updated procedures within our driver handbook in order to continually improve our environmental performance.

As a business we continue to improve efficiencies and in particular investigating potential alternative modes of transport is a key factor within our ongoing Logistics development strategy. This is achieved through detailed modelling and cost analysis, which has resulted in a significant increase in our rail footprint in recent years.

We are continually investing in our fleet to ensure the highest environmental, safety and technological standards. In addition, all our vehicles are audited on a frequent basis to help ensure all safety equipment is functioning as required.  In addition we have set out a roadmap in 2021 to ensure that all company car and van fleet will transition to electric vehicles by 2030 as part of our ongoing sustainability strategy.

‘We have positively promoted FORS by applying the FORS logo stickers to all fleet as well as using the FORS branding whilst hosting and delivering several community and school engagement events.

Tarmac C&L are proud to be a part of the progressive and forward-thinking haulier community. The FORS Gold status further demonstrates our ongoing commitments to continuously upskill our workforce (drivers and staff), make the roads safer and promote the health, safety & wellbeing of all stakeholders.

Company website: https://tarmac.com/

Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/-tarmac/

Tarmac C&L Logistics Compliance Manager LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickchilds1987/