Last Update:
March 1, 2012

Transportation and warehouse safety

  • Regulations and measures for transportation and warehouse safety comprise delivery, storage and distribution of chemicals
  • New global directive for transportation safety in deep sea tankers
  • More than 150 transportation safety advisors worldwide

2020 GOAL

Reduce transportation accidents


We aim to reduce the rate of transportation accidents worldwide per 10,000 shipments by 70% compared with 2003.

Our regulations and measures for transportation and warehouse safety comprise the delivery, storage and distribution of chemicals among BASF sites, suppliers and customers. Our global directives also set out consistent standards for the transportation and storage of chemical products in rented warehouse facilities.

We expanded our network for transportation, distribution and warehouse safety in 2011. For example, in North Africa, we conducted employee training, reviewed processes, and defined consistent requirements for our logistics companies. In 2011, we introduced a new global directive for the uniform assessment of transportation safety in deep sea tankers. At sites which have joined the BASF Group as a result of acquisitions, we reevaluated the transportation risks for selected critical products and improved their transport processes, making these safer.

If an incident occurs despite all of our preventive measures worldwide, we provide swift and specially coordinated assistance. Our transportation safety advisors are involved in these processes and procedures, and they subsequently evaluate all of the information. More than 150 employees are active around the world as trained transportation safety advisors. They collaborate within a global network, helping us to establish proper measures and to avoid incidents in the future.

Transportation accidents per 10,000 shipments
(reduction compared with baseline 2003: –68%)

Compared with baseline 2003, we have reduced the number of transportation accidents from 0.56 per 10,000 shipments to 0.18. This number is significantly reduced compared with the previous year (2010: 0.28). We have recorded and evaluated product spillages during transportation on a global level since 2011, continually optimizing our transport processes. In 2011, the number of product spillages amounted to 0.30 per 10,000 shipments.

We also assess our logistics suppliers with regard to safety and quality, and evaluated more than 500 companies worldwide in 2011. For these inspections, our experts use both our own methods as well as internationally approved analysis instruments, such as the European Safety Quality Assessment System. Based on the questionnaire revised by the European Chemical Industry Association (CEFIC) in 2011, we raised our requirements for safety and quality in our logistics partners even higher. If we determine that our standards are not being met, we discuss this with logistics companies in quality and safety briefings and ensure that the necessary measures for improvement are immediately introduced.

We are actively involved in external networks that quickly provide information and assistance in emergencies. These include the International Chemical Environmental (ICE) initiative and the German Transport Accident Information and Emergency Response System (TUIS), in which BASF plays a coordinating role. BASF provided assistance with TUIS in around 250 cases in 2011, including assistance to third parties. As a part of TUIS, BASF has started the implementation of a regional risk matrix in Asia, with which we define requirements for emergency response measures and accident information. In 2011, in order to further increase the quality of transportation accident assistance throughout Germany, we provided public fire departments with a training concept on handling dangerous goods. We plan to expand this training concept and introduce it in other countries.

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