serious transport incidents by 2017 (base year 2012)

Our safety management procedures cover not only site safety but also the safe transportation of products. We work continuously to bring down the number of transport-related incidents. As part of this commitment, we have introduced a global transport safety target that aims to halve the number of serious transport incidents per million kilometres travelled by 2017 compared with 2012. In 2014, this figure was reduced further to 0.057 (2013: 0.062).

To meet our global target, we have defined a series of measures. We constantly review local and global operating standards for driving and vehicle activities and integrate them into our global standards database. In 2014, our safety standards were adapted, for example, to reduce risks arising from in-vehicle distractions. We also issued a global directive in the same year on the fitting and use of vehicle mirrors. This initiative aims to reduce the risk of blind spots for our drivers. We continuously provide training to our employees on transport standards. Suppliers’ drivers also participate in our education programmes.

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Severe traffic incidents, e.g. with heavy effects on the health of the employees involved or with reportable emissions to the environment, as well as transport incidents leading to material costs above a defined threshold.

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Since 2007, uniform safety standards have applied throughout the Group for suppliers who provide us with transport services. Compliance with these standards is a condition set out in the purchase agreements we make with these suppliers. In 2013, we expanded our global defensive driving training programme beyond commercial vehicle drivers, making it compulsory for drivers of all vehicle types. In 2014, training was provided, for example, to around a third of all Linde car drivers in Germany. Worldwide, the number of serious incidents involving passenger vehicles fell during the reporting year. In addition, we have continued to work on improving our commercial vehicle rollover avoidance training programmes. Since 2007, the annual number of rollovers across our commercial vehicle fleet has fallen by 65 percent. Therefore, we have not only improved our safety performance, but also achieved cost savings of several million euros. Over the past five years, around a quarter of our drivers (both our own drivers and contractors) have completed a transport safety training programme.

We have introduced a global audit programme to review the measures we have implemented. By the end of 2014, more than 100 transport auditors had been trained and certified by the Group. The aim is to audit 20 percent of sites with transport operations per year.