Safety is our top priority at all our sites. Linde experts work at locations around the world to identify and assess risks which may arise from production. In addition, we have developed and introduced the Major Hazards Review Programme (MHRP) to record the greatest potential hazards on a uniform basis. This programme is used for the systematic evaluation of risks which might result in accidents or damage to property or to the environment. It helps us to minimise the risk of incidents arising as a result of safety shortcomings within our processes and is constantly being refined in order to address potential new risks. By the end of 2015, we had certified more than 90 percent of the relevant plants in accordance with the MHRP process. In the course of the reporting year, we also started to introduce a global standard for quantitative risk analyses on our sites.

We pay attention to production safety from the initial planning stage of our new plants. An individual safety plan is devised for each new plant. This plan is based on our own standards, the rules which apply in the relevant country and our customers’ guidelines. Environmental protection is also included in the plan. In 2015, around 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. In 2015, more sites for instance in Ecuador, China and Romania were externally certified in accordance with environmental management standard ISO 14001. In Tunisia and Italy, additional sites were externally certified for the first time according to OHSAS 18001, the standard for occupational health and safety management systems. The Group’s plants supplying carbon dioxide to the food industry for the production of carbonated drinks are certified to the food safety system certification FSSC 22000.

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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 certified to ISO 9001


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Production sites certified to ISO 14001


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Production sites certified to OHSAS 18001


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