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Safety is a top priority at all of our sites. Company experts therefore work to identify and assess risks that might arise around the world from the operation of our plants. In addition, we have introduced the Major Hazards Review Programme (MHRP) to record the greatest potential hazards on a uniform basis worldwide. This Group-wide system enables us to set up control mechanisms to minimise risks arising from our plants. By the end of 2014, we had certified more than 85 percent of the relevant plants in accordance with the MHRP process. Moreover, we are planning to introduce a global standard for quantitative risk analyses on our sites in 2015.

In 2014, more than 1,400 safety, environmental protection and health protection audits were carried out on our sites by Linde itself or by third parties. Our internal audits are conducted in accordance with the provisions of the international certification processes for quality, environmental management and safety (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001). Several of our sites also have external certifications. Global guidelines for safety and environmental protection apply to all Linde plants. Therefore, we were awarded matrix certification in accordance with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 in 2014 for some of our Engineering Division sites. Under the matrix certification, due to the same standards applying worldwide certification granted to selected sites was also granted to plants of the same type in other countries.

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Certified sites (in percent)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Production sites certified to ISO 9001

 

72.1

 

77.9

 

79.6

 

76.0

Production sites certified to ISO 14001

 

30.5

 

31.8

 

31.8

 

33.0

Production sites certified to OHSAS 18001

 

15.7

 

17.8

 

17.7

 

22.0

Production sites with Responsible Care certification

 

14.7

 

23.5

 

29.3

 

26.0