Last Update:
March 1, 2012

Global safety and security concepts

  • Around 12,000 employees trained in occupational and process safety
  • New requirements defined for process safety
  • We have incorporated human rights aspects relevant for site security into the training of our security personnel and stipulated globally binding qualification requirements

Our global safety and security concepts serve to protect our employees and neighbors as well as to prevent property damage and protect information. They also aim to prevent production stoppages and damage to the environment. When designing a new facility, we apply a five-step system from conception to start-up that takes into account the most important aspects of environmental protection, safety, security and health protection, and incorporates them early on. We use a risk matrix to assess risks according to estimated probability as well as potential impact, and determine appropriate protective measures. In 2011, around 12,000 employees received training in occupational and process safety.

We closely investigate incidents at all sites which led to fires, explosions or the release of substances. In order to further improve process safety at our plants, we analyze and compare the causes on a global level and continually optimize processes. A new process safety requirement has been in effect since 2011 to increase employees’ risk awareness, for example, in situations involving changes made at production plants. Furthermore, we also define the regular intervals at which safety concepts for BASF production plants are reviewed. We can thus address potential risks with appropriate measures.

With our emergency response concepts, we are prepared for potential incidents. This includes specific emergency response plans for our production facilities. Depending on the situation, we involve joint venture companies, partners and suppliers as well as cities, communities and neighboring companies in this process. BASF’s central emergency response supports local emergency response units around the clock. Our emergency systems are checked regularly, for example, in drills with our employees and local authorities.

In 2011, we began linking our emergency dispatch centers across Europe. This allows us to work more closely across different sites, and to assess and deal with alarm information within the network more quickly and reliably. After the earthquake in Japan, our experts in research, health and safety spent several weeks supporting local measures at our Japanese sites.
We also trained the experts for the Japanese sites in radioactivity measurement and provided them with the appropriate measuring equipment.

In 2011, we continued to implement the requirements set down in 2010 for preventive measures to protect our sites around the world from third-party interference. These measures aim to ensure extensive protection for employees and the company against, for example, criminal behavior, the loss of knowledge or international terrorism. We have incorporated human rights aspects relevant for site security into the training of our security personnel. We made these qualification requirements globally mandatory in 2011 and began implementing and monitoring them in all regions. The respect of human rights is now an obligatory element of new contracts with contractors for whom these aspects apply.

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