Last Update:
Mar. 10, 2011
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Part of the audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management´s Analysis

Occupational safety and health protection

Occurrences in 2010

  • More than 16,000 employees at about 50 sites attend events relating to the Safety Champions initiative
  • Unfortunately, four fatal accidents among BASF employees and employees of contractors
  • New Health Performance Index (HPI) illustrates health management more accurately

With our management systems for occupational safety and medicine, we want to ensure the best possible protection for the safety and health of our employees. To do so, we rely on comprehensive precautionary measures and promote the active participation of our employees.

Global goals

2020 Goal

Occupational safety and health protection

work-related accidents1

(baseline year 2002)


Reduce occupational diseases1

(baseline year 2004)


1 per million working hours

In order to continue to improve our performance in terms of occupational safety and health protection, we have set ourselves ambitious global goals. By 2020, we want to reduce our lost-time injury rate per million working hours by 80% worldwide compared with 2002. We want to reduce cases of occupational diseases in the BASF Group by 80% compared with 2004.

Occupational safety focus areas

In 2010, we adopted our new global Group Directive Occupational Safety. Standardized requirement profiles make it easier to integrate newly acquired sites. We promote and monitor safety at work through risk assessments, safety rules, seminars, training courses and audits. Based on a global initiative, we improve our employees’ safety awareness relating to both themselves and others. As part of the “Safety Champions” initiative, we have held centralized events at which more than 16,000 employees and contractors at over 50 sites around the world developed specific proposals for improvement of the safety culture.

In 2010, a total of 2.0 work-related accidents per million working hours occurred at BASF sites, representing a slight increase from the previous year (2009: 1.8). Compared with 2002, the lost-time injury rate declined by 39%. Unfortunately, there were a total of four fatal accidents among BASF employees and employees of our contractors in 2010. In Spain, one BASF employee died after falling from a roof. The further safety precautions necessary for this particular type of work are being communicated throughout the Group. There were three fatal accidents involving contractors doing work preparation on the construction sites for the OPAL pipeline (Baltic Sea Pipeline Link). For contractors, the number of occupational accidents decreased to 2.6 per million working hours in 2010 (2009: 2.7). Throughout the Group, we introduced new minimum requirements for occupational safety for contractors and improved the auditing process.

Lost time injury rate per million working hours
(reduction compared with baseline 2002: –39%)

Lost time injury rate per million working hours (bar chart)

1 Baseline
2 Figure differs from Report 2009 (1.7) as a result of intra-year correction due, for example, to changes in categorization.

Health protection focus areas

We promote and protect the health and performance of our employees with our global health management. Uniform standards for occupational medicine and health protection within BASF worldwide are laid out in a Group Directive, which is implemented by a global network of health experts. We regularly conduct occupational health audits to monitor our performance.

In 2010, there were 0.5 suspected new cases of occupational diseases per million working hours at BASF (2009: 0.4). Even though this represented an increase over the previous years, the number of confirmed occupational diseases declined. In order to illustrate health management in the BASF Group even more accurately, a new indicator was developed in 2010 to supplement the existing sole parameter. The Health Performance Index (HPI) includes four other areas: proactive medical emergency planning, the proportion of first aid responders at the sites, occupational health surveillance examinations and health promotion activities. In 2011, our fourth global health campaign will focus on skin protection. Information relevant to the principles of the Global Compact
For more on occupational health audits, see Environmental, safety and security management

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