Safety & environment

Safety and environmental protection

Outlook

Safety Introduce a global standard for quantitative risk analyses on our sites; audit 20 percent of sites with transport operations
Operational excellence Cost savings of more than EUR 2 million expected by 2016 through optimised use of water; decision about new environmental targets
Resources Evaluate the results of regional pilot waste management projects and devise measures for other regions; reduce electrical waste generated by medical devices

Strategy

Our management systems for safety and environmental protection are based on global guidelines and standards. These allow us to focus on minimising safety risks and the environmental impact of the Group and on ensuring the efficient use of energy, resources and materials. Our products and technologies support customers’ efforts to make their business processes more cost-effective, safer and more environmentally friendly.

We conduct audits at different locations around the world to verify compliance with the Group’s prescribed standards. In order to identify areas of potential weakness, we have also implemented a global process to record incidents that have particular relevance for safety and environmental protection. In addition, near-misses from which we can learn lessons are documented.

To ensure that we are prepared for events such as natural disasters, serious crime and pandemics, we also draw up risk management plans for all our locations around the world. Our top priority is the protection of our employees, business partners, neighbours and property. In 2014, we examined a number of potential risks, including those which might arise from the spread of Ebola in Africa. We cooperate with the authorities in the areas surrounding our business locations on safety and environmental protection. In the course of the reporting year, for example, we carried out safety training or emergency drills with local fire brigades at around 70 locations worldwide.

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Audits and trainings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

2012

 

2011

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The figures disclosed relate to internal and external audits conducted at production sites worldwide.

As a result of the first-time application of the revised accounting standards, the sites in the scope of our reporting changed in the 2013 financial year. Accordingly, the key financial, environmental and employee KPIs for 2012 were adjusted retrospectively. In addition, the KPIs for employees, occupational health and safety and environmental protection for the year 2012 were retrospectively adjusted to account for the effects of the acquisition of the US homecare company Lincare.

Production sites where occupational health and safety audits have been conducted (in %)

 

57.4

 

58.1

 

62.4

 

54.5

Production sites where environmental audits have been conducted (in %)

 

50.0

 

51.8

 

54.5

 

49.1

Number of conducted occupational health and safety audits1

 

749

 

790

 

769

 

701

Number of conducted environmental audits1

 

639

 

657

 

661

 

664

Employees of Linde Gas who have taken up HSE training opportunities (in %)

 

62.6

 

57.8

 

54.0

 

50.3

We systematically train our employees in occupational health and safety, product safety and environmental risks. In 2013, we launched a multi-year global initiative to raise employee awareness of the safety issues of particular relevance to Linde. The emphasis in 2014 was on transport and vehicles, and around 40,000 employees and contractors participated in training sessions as part of the initiative. During the year, selected senior managers and crisis managers also received training on how to handle the safety risks associated with serious crime and conflicts. The focus here was on the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa. We plan to deliver this training in South America in 2015. In the current year, we are also planning to invite a third party to conduct a review of our global safety management. This review would seek to assess to what extent safety is embedded in our corporate culture and to identify potential for improvement.

Once again in 2014, we received several awards in recognition of our commitment to safety and environmental protection. In Asia alone, we won several prizes for particularly good safety performance at our production sites.

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Environmental incidents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

2012

 

2011

 

 

As a result of the first-time application of the revised accounting standards, the sites in the scope of our reporting changed in the 2013 financial year. Accordingly, the key financial, environmental and employee KPIs for 2012 were adjusted retrospectively. In addition, the KPIs for employees, occupational health and safety and environmental protection for the year 2012 were retrospectively adjusted to account for the effects of the acquisition of the US homecare company Lincare.

Environmental complaints

 

25

 

24

 

14

 

28

Reportable environmental incidents

 

21

 

25

 

29

 

33

We follow up on improvement suggestions. In 2014, we received 25 complaints relating to the environment (2013: 24). Most of these complaints were concerned with the issue of noise. In addition, there were 21 reportable environmental incidents in 2014 (2013: 25). As a result, we paid out a number of small amounts totalling around EUR 8,000 (2013: EUR 14,000).

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