Occupational safety & health protection

Occupational safety and health protection

Global target
Goal

Continuously reduce the number of workplace accidents by 2020 (base year 2012)

Measures
  • Global safety strategy 2017 – 2020
  • Numerous activities to support the safety culture
Status

2.4

workplace accidents per 1 million hours worked

We have set ourselves the target of continuing to reduce the number of workplace accidents resulting in at least one lost working day per million hours worked by employees by 2020. The base year is 2012. In 2017, the rate of workplace accidents at our sites around the world per million hours worked was 2.4 (2016: 2.2). This slight increase is partly due to the greater number of working hours in the American homecare business which, when compared with the gases business, has a higher incident rate. In addition, the number of incidents in one of our business regions rose slightly compared with an excellent year 2016. The equivalent figure for contractors during 2017 was 2.3 (2016: 2.2). It is with the deepest regret that we must report that in 2017 one of our employees in the United States lost his life and two employees of contractors lost their lives in transport accidents in Australia and Singapore.

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Occupational health and safety1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

2015

 

2014

 

2013

1

In line with the information in the Financial Report 2017, the figures provided for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 exclude the business of the logistics service provider Gist, as it has been reported as a discontinued operation.

Lagebericht 2014

Included in the audited Non-Financial Report

Geprüft von KPMG

Audited by KPMG

Workplace accidents of employees with at least one day of absenceGeprüft von KPMG

 

 

Lagebericht 2014 297

 

Lagebericht 2014 269

 

358

 

318

 

304

Workplace accidents of contractors with at least one day of absenceGeprüft von KPMG

 

 

Lagebericht 2014 122

 

Lagebericht 2014 131

 

151

 

140

 

150

Workplace accidents with at least one day of absence (employees)Geprüft von KPMG

per million hours worked

 

Lagebericht 2014 2.4

 

Lagebericht 2014 2.2

 

2.9

 

2.4

 

2.3

Workplace accidents with at least one day of absence (contractors)

per million hours worked

 

2.3

 

2.2

 

2.2

 

1.8

 

1.7

Fatal workplace accidents involving employeesGeprüft von KPMG

 

 

Lagebericht 2014 1

 

Lagebericht 2014 1

 

2

 

2

 

4

Fatal workplace accidents involving contractorsGeprüft von KPMG

 

 

Lagebericht 2014 2

 

Lagebericht 2014 1

 

1

 

3

 

6

Sick days

per employee

 

5.9

 

5.4

 

5.6

 

5.3

 

4.7

We focus above all on prevention in order to avoid severe injuries and fatalities. So we identify core risks and take appropriate countermeasures. We have set out global guidelines governing occupational safety and health protection. To ascertain whether the right conditions are in place to ensure safety at work, we carry out risk assessments and audits. In 2017, audits were conducted at 51.5 percent of our operating sites (2016: 48.9 percent). A large number of our sites also have external certifications. In 2017, additional sites in Finland, Latvia, Colombia and India were externally certified for the first time according to OHSAS 18001, the standard for occupational health and safety management systems.

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Audits and certifications for occupational health and safety1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

 

2016

 

2015

 

2014

 

2013

1

In line with the information in the Financial Report 2017, the figures provided for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 exclude the business of the logistics service provider Gist, as it has been reported as a discontinued operation.

Geprüft von KPMG

Audited by KPMG

Production sites where occupational health and safety audits have been conducted

%

 

51.5

 

48.9

 

51.7

 

57.4

 

58.1

Number of conducted occupational health and safety audits

 

 

714

 

706

 

687

 

749

 

790

Production sites certified to OHSAS 18001Geprüft von KPMG

%

 

16.8

 

17.1

 

16.5

 

15.7

 

17.8

As part of our global safety initiative, we implemented numerous measures in 2017. For example, we again organised a global Safety Day at Linde locations and at a large number of project construction sites. This involved employees and transport service providers taking part in safety workshops. Over the course of 2017, we provided training to more than 120 managers and employees worldwide on better identifying and documenting risks and devising effective measures to counter them. We also conducted information campaigns about occupational safety and delivered training on this subject, for example, in the United States and in Ecuador.

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