Process safety and site security

  • Global guideline implemented for annual review of process safety management systems
  • More than 10,000 employees around the world trained in process safety in 2013
  • Worldwide network of information protection officers expanded

Process safety

When designing a new facility, we focus on prevention and apply a five-step review system from conception to startup. Through this, we review the most important safety, security, environmental and health protection aspects in order to incorporate them early on, and observe and monitor them in every stage of planning. We use a risk matrix to assess risks according to their estimated probability and potential impact, and stipulate appropriate protective measures.

In order to continually improve the safety of our plants worldwide, we review our safety concepts as well as the application of our risk matrix in all plants with medium to high hazard potential every ten years. In addition, we implemented a Group directive in 2013 on the annual review of process safety management systems and global requirements for plant safety documentation.

Incidents at our sites which led to fires, explosions or the release of substances are recorded and evaluated in detail. We updated our global guideline on incident reporting in 2013. This allows us to even better evaluate the causes of incidents on a global level and further optimize our processes. In addition, we expanded our training measures for process safety in 2013 and instructed more than 10,000 employees. As part of a working group of the International Council of Chemical Associations, we are involved in the development of a global key performance indicator on process safety.

Hazard prevention and site security

We are prepared for potential incidents in our production plants with specific emergency response plans. Depending on the situation, these also involve partners and suppliers as well as cities, communities and neighboring companies. Our central emergency response supports local emergency response units around the world and around the clock. In order to ensure uniformly high standards for safety, security, the environment and health, we continued to implement our hazard prevention and emergency response guidelines in the BASF Group in 2013.

Our emergency systems are checked regularly – for example, in drills with our employees, contractors and local authorities. In 2013, we further interconnected our dispatch centers in Europe. This allows us to work more closely across different sites, and to deal with alerts within the network more quickly and reliably.

We further implemented our requirements for preventive measures to protect our sites worldwide from third-party interference. In 2013, around 1,800 employees worldwide received training on the protection of knowledge and sensitive information. We also continued to expand our worldwide network to more than 500 information protection officers in the company in 2013. We regularly check the implementation of measures for the comprehensive protection of employees and the company against, for example, criminal behavior or the loss of knowledge. Human rights aspects related to site security, such as the right to liberty and security of person, form a part of the global qualification requirements for our security personnel. We obligate our contractors involved in site security to comply with human rights. For investment projects and projects in emerging markets, as well, we analyze potential risks to the safety, security and health of our employees and base our decision-making on safety and security-related aspects.

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