Safety & environment

Safety and environmental protection

Strategy

We have set up management systems for safety and environmental protection based on guidelines and standards which apply worldwide. We focus on minimising safety risks and reducing our environmental impact as well as on ensuring efficient use of energy, resources and materials. Our products and technologies also support customers’ efforts to make their business processes safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

We conduct audits worldwide to verify compliance with the prescribed standards. In order to identify areas of weakness, we record incidents which have particular relevance for safety and environmental protection. In addition, we document near misses from which lessons can be learnt. To ensure that we are prepared for events such as natural disasters, serious crime and pandemics, we also draw up risk management plans. Our top priority is the protection of our employees, business partners, neighbours and property.

We also cooperate with the authorities in the areas surrounding our business locations on safety and environmental protection. In the course of 2015, for example, we carried out safety training or emergency drills at around 70 sites worldwide, sometimes in conjunction with fire brigades or other local organisations.

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Audits and trainings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

2013

 

2012

1

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

As a result of the 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 %)

 

52.6

 

57.4

 

58.1

 

62.4

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

 

48.0

 

50.0

 

51.8

 

54.5

Number of conducted occupational health and safety audits1

 

745

 

749

 

790

 

769

Number of conducted environmental audits1

 

633

 

639

 

657

 

661

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

 

65.1

 

62.6

 

57.8

 

54.0

Within the framework of our global safety initiative, we conducted a worldwide survey among our senior managers at the beginning of 2015 about the Group’s safety culture. Based partly on the results of this survey, existing targets and performance indicators were reviewed and redefined. Training schemes and awareness-raising activities with a regional focus support us in our goal to eliminate workplace accidents and traffic accidents. In the Regional Business Unit (RBU) South Asia & ASEAN, for example, some 6,000 employees and contractors in 80 locations took part in a Safety Day during the financial year. Within Linde Engineering, training was provided in 2015 in several regions to executives, employees and contractors on construction sites on how to handle safety issues and manage the risk of accidents. To increase the sense of personal responsibility for safety of all executives in the operating business units of the Group still further, we have set safety targets which are linked to the executives’ salaries.

Once again in 2015, we received several awards in recognition of our commitment to safety and environmental protection. In the UK, for example, Linde won an Occupational Health and Safety Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). The organisation highlighted the involvement of our employees and the commitment of our leadership.

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Environmental incidents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015

 

2014

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

As a result of the 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

 

17

 

25

 

24

 

14

Reportable environmental incidents

 

15

 

21

 

25

 

29

We follow up suggestions about how we can make further improvements. In 2015, we received 17 complaints relating to the environment (2014: 25). Most of these complaints were concerned with the issue of noise. In addition, there were 15 reportable environmental incidents in 2015 (2014: 21). The Group did not have to pay any fines or compensation (2014: EUR 8,000).