Occupational safety and health protection

  • Update of our safety recommendations for business travelers
  • Expansion of requirements for safe handling of hazardous materials in the laboratory
  • Worldwide campaign for back health planned for 2014

Occupational safety

Lost time injuries per million working hours (Reduction from baseline 2002: –58%)
Lost time injury rate per million working hours (bar chart)Enlarge image

We promote and monitor safety at work through methods such as risk assessments, safety rules, seminars and audits. In addition to routine safety instructions, around 15,000 employees have received training in occupational safety at our sites worldwide as well as at our “Safety Champions Training Center” at the site in Ludwigshafen in 2013. To raise employee awareness of safe behavior on business trips, we updated our recommendations for business travelers in 2013.

In 2013, 1.4 work-related accidents per million working hours occurred at BASF sites worldwide, representing a decrease compared with the previous year (2012: 1.7). Compared with baseline 2002, the lost-time injury rate declined by 58%. There were 2.1 work-related accidents per million working hours for contractors in 2013 (2012: 2.4).

Unfortunately, there were three fatal work-related traffic accidents in 2013: One employee suffered a fatal traffic accident in January in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In April, one employee died on a business trip in Moscow, Russia, and another suffered a fatal traffic accident on a business trip in Shanghai, China.

In order to achieve our ambitious 2020 goal of reducing the work-related accident rate by 80% compared with 2002, we particularly rely on the commitment of our employees and on clearly defined safety rules. For example, we expanded our requirements for the safe handling of hazardous materials in the laboratory in 2013.

Health protection

Our global health management serves to promote and protect the health and productivity of our employees. Contributing to this were numerous emergency drills and health promotion measures in 2013. Worldwide standards for occupational medicine and health protection within BASF are specified in a directive that is implemented by a global network of experts. We regularly conduct occupational medical audits to monitor our performance.

With a Health Performance Index of 0.89, we have not yet been able to fulfill the ambitious goal of exceeding 0.9 each year (2012: 0.89). In 2013, we introduced worldwide health checks with consultations on excess weight, diabetes, high blood pressure and musculoskeletal disorders. For 2014, we plan to inform our employees about back health.