Last Update:
March 1, 2012

Occupational safety and health protection

We never compromise on safety. Our management systems for occupational safety and health protection are based on extensive preventive measures and the participation of all employees working at our sites.

Global goals

2020 Goal

Occupational safety

Reduce work-related accidents1

(baseline 2002)


1 per million working hours

We have set ourselves demanding goals in order to continuously increase our performance in terms of occupational safety and health protection. For example, by 2020, we want to reduce our lost-time injury rate per million working hours by 80% compared with the baseline 2002. In order to portray BASF’s comprehensive health management even more accurately, we developed a new indicator in 2010: the Health Performance Index (HPI). This comprises five components, each of which contributes a maximum of 0.2 to the total score. The highest possible score for the HPI is 1.0. Our goal is to reach a value of more than 0.9 every year.

Occupational safety focus areas

Lost time injury rate per million working hours
(reduction compared with baseline 2002: –42%)

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

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

We promote and monitor safety at work through risk assessments, safety rules, seminars and audits. As part of our global safety initiative, we have improved our contractor management with measures for work organization and supervision. 

In 2011, 1.9 work-related accidents per million working hours occurred at BASF sites, representing a slight decrease from the previous year (2010: 2.0). Compared with the baseline 2002, the lost-time injury rate declined by 42%. The number of work-related accidents for contractors decreased slightly in 2011 to 2.4 (2010: 2.6).

Unfortunately, there were three fatal accidents in 2011. At the Ludwigshafen site in January, an apprentice in our Training Verbund had a fatal accident on the way to work. An employee working on a BASF contract in Egypt died in a traffic accident in June. An employee of a jointly-controlled entity at our Ludwigshafen site succumbed to the effects of electric shock received while conducting repair work on a crane in November.

For more on occupational safety, see
the Report 2011 and

Health protection focus areas

Components of the Health Performance Index

  • The HPI comprises five components: reported cases of occupational disease, medical emergency planning, first aid, preventive medicine and health promotion
  • All areas contribute a maximum of 0.2 toward the total score; the highest possible score is an HPI of 1.0
  • Goal: HPI greater than 0.9

Our global health management serves to promote and protect the health and productivity of our employees. Worldwide standards for occupational medicine and health protection within BASF are specified in a Group Directive, which is implemented by a global network of experts. We regularly conduct occupational medical audits to monitor our performance. We measured the HPI – our new, extended indicator for global health management – for the first time in 2011. With an HPI of 0.86 in 2011, we have not yet been able to reach the ambitious goal of exceeding 0.9 each year.

BASF’s fourth worldwide health campaign, carried out in 2011, focused on skin protection. More than 45,000 employees took advantage of the opportunity to be screened for skin cancer or to receive individual consultation. We plan to launch the global “Soundcheck” campaign in 2012 to educate employees about dealing with noise sources both at work and at home. We received the Health Award from the German foundation “Rufzeichen Gesundheit” for our activities promoting occupational health and the prevention of heart disease.

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