Transportation and storage
Our regulations and measures for transportation and warehouse safety comprise the delivery of raw materials, the storage and distribution of chemical products among BASF sites and customers, and the transportation of waste from our sites to the disposal facilities.
Stations along the value chain
2020 GoalReduce transportation accidents
We have set out global directives for the transportation and storage of chemical products both in our own warehouses as well as in rented facilities. In order to make the storage of goods – especially sensitive ones – even safer, we defined a new requirement in 2012. Moreover, we implemented a further global requirement in 2012 for the consistent assessment of transportation safety in deep-sea tankers.
Our goal is to reduce the worldwide number of transportation accidents per 10,000 shipments by 70% to 0.17 accidents compared with 2003. In 2012, we reduced the number of yearly transportation accidents to 0.24 per 10,000 shipments compared with 0.56 in 2003 (2011: 0.18), representing a decrease of 57%. The number of product spillages during shipment in 2012 amounted to 0.25 per 10,000 shipments (2011: 0.30).
Accident prevention and assistance
Transportation accidents per 10,000 shipments (Reduction compared with baseline 2003: –57%)Enlarge image
We stipulate worldwide requirements for our logistics service providers and assess them with regard to safety and quality. In 2012, we assessed around 500 companies around the world. For these evaluations, our experts use both our own assessment tools as well as internationally approved schemes, such as the European Safety and Quality Assessment System. If we find out that our standards are not being met, we discuss this with our logistics service providers and ensure that the necessary measures for improvement are immediately introduced.
For the transportation of raw materials with high hazard potential, we conduct a risk assessment for alternative transportation routes as early as in the construction stage of a new plant or after an acquisition. In this way, we can select suitable transportation routes and the necessary technical equipment together with our suppliers. For example, we conducted risk assessments in 2012 for the rail transportation of ethylene oxide in North America as well as for the transportation of benzene in China. If an incident occurs despite all preventive measures, we provide swift and specially coordinated assistance worldwide. 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.
Activities in external networks
We are actively involved in external networks which quickly provide information and assistance in emergencies. These include the German Transport Accident Information and Emergency Response System (TUIS), in which BASF plays a coordinating role. In 2012, we provided assistance to other companies in around 250 cases. Furthermore, we participated in the creation of an online database for public emergency response in 2012 which helps first responders and authorities to reach TUIS experts and special emergency task forces even faster. We apply the experience we have gathered in working with TUIS to set up similar systems in other countries. In Asia, for example, we are working on a regional risk matrix and defining requirements for emergency assistance and information procedures in case of accidents.