Occupational health and safety

Linde implements a variety of measures to protect its employees from potential risks associated with their work for the company. We use our global management system for safety, health, environmental protection and quality (SHEQ) to identify potential hazard sources in the workplace and to set risk control standards and guidelines. Defined key performance indicators are used to assess performance levels in the area of occupational safety and health protection, and performance in these areas is also audited. In 2012, these audits were conducted at 62.4 percent of Linde’s operating sites (2011: 54.5 percent).  In our occupational health and safety measures, we also involve the employees of companies that are working at Linde sites, with our customers or in the area of transport (contractors).  

Occupational health and safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

 

2011

 

2010

 

2009

Assured by KPMG Sustainability

Workplace accidents with at least one day of absence (employees)

per million hours worked

 

1.3

 

1.4

 

1.9

 

2.0

Workplace accidents with at least one day of absence (contractors)

per million hours worked

 

1.3

 

1.6

 

2.2

 

1.7

Workplace accidents of employees with at least one day of absence

 

 

136

 

144

 

198

 

202

Workplace accidents of contractors with at least one day of absence

 

 

151

 

131

 

170

 

128

Working days lost due to industrial accidents (employees)

 

 

3,354

 

2,721

 

3,813

 

3,768

Working days lost due to industrial accidents (employees)

per million hours worked

 

31.6

 

26.1

 

36.9

 

37.3

Fatal workplace accidents involving employees

 

 

3

 

5

 

2

 

3

Fatal workplace accidents involving contractors

 

 

4

 

3

 

4

 

7

Sick days per employee

 

 

5.3

 

5.0

 

5.3

 

5.5

In 2012, the number of work-related accidents at Linde resulting in a lost working day was cut further to 1.3 (2011: 1.4) per million hours worked. During the same period, the number of work-related accidents among contractors also fell to 1.3 (2011: 1.6) per million hours worked. Despite this positive trend, it is with the deepest regret that the Group must report that three Linde employees and four workers employed by contractors lost their lives whilst working for the Group during the reporting year. Six of these fatalities occurred in relation to transport activities and one employee lost her life in a car accident.

Over the coming years, we are looking to expand our occupational health management programme and to work towards global harmonisation in this area. The health risks associated with manual and repetitive work are a particular focus in this regard. The proportion of industrial incidents and chronic illnesses that can be attributed to manual activities lies between approximately 30 and 50 percent per year. Between 2010 and end of 2012, we approved eight global standards and guidelines on workplace health.

Our regional business units support The Linde Group's global initiatives and targets with measures tailored to requirements in specific regions. In Denmark, Linde launched a nationwide health protection project in the year under review, aiming to improve working conditions and thus have a positive impact on the physical and psychological health of employees. 99 percent of staff participated in various workshops under this initiative, while 75 percent took advantage of a voluntary check-up. The plan is to review progress every three years. With a view to preventing stress-related illness, Linde subsidiaries in some countries have introduced training sessions on stress management techniques for employees. The Group's Cryostar subsidiary in France, for instance, trained around 130 staff members in stress prevention at the workplace in 2012. In the same year, Linde Gas Singapore was commended by the local health authorities for its efforts to promote employee health.

In seeking to improve its occupational health management still further, we are also counting on employee participation. In 2012, Linde recognised innovative solutions for handling gas cylinders in the RBU Continental & Northern Europe with its Manual Handling Award. Teams from two German filling plants were the winners, chosen from around 70 entries submitted for the award. The winning teams had designed rolling aids to ease the strain on workers’ backs when moving small gas cylinders around.

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