We never compromise on safety. For occupational safety and health protection, we rely on comprehensive preventive measures in addition to the involvement of all employees and contractors. Our global safety and security concepts serve to protect our employees, contractors and neighbors as well as to prevent property damage and protect information and company assets. In this way, we help prevent production outages and damage to the environment.

The graphic depicts the different stations along the value chain. The topics in each chapter address the station shown in dark green. (here: Production) (graphic)

Global goals

We have set ourselves ambitious goals for occupational safety and health protection. By 2020, we want to reduce the number of work-related accidents per million working hours by 80% to 0.65 work-related accidents compared with baseline 2002. We measure our performance in health protection using the Health Performance Index (HPI). The HPI comprises five components: confirmed occupational diseases, medical emergency drills, first aid training, preventive medicine and health promotion1.

1 Each component contributes a maximum of 0.2 to the total score. The highest possible score is 1.0. Our goal is to reach a value of more than 0.9 every year.

2020 Goal


Reduce work-related accidents per one million working hours
Baseline 2002

Annual goal


Health protection Health Performance Index Maximum score 1.0

Occupational safety

  • Employees receive training worldwide on improving skills in safe behavior

In order to achieve our ambitious goal for occupational safety, we particularly rely on the commitment of our employees and on clearly defined safety rules. In 2014, approximately 75,000 employees and contractors at around 300 sites actively participated in our worldwide safety initiatives.

We especially promote safe conduct through our systematic risk assessments, seminars and worldwide safety standards, and we regularly audit their implementation. Beyond legally prescribed safety instructions, we provided more than 49,000 employees around the world with intensive training on the topic of occupational safety in 2014. This included further training for around 14,000 employees at our “Safety Champions Training Center” at the Ludwigshafen site in order to boost safety-conscious behavior and prevent work-related accidents.

In 2014, 1.5 work-related accidents per million working hours occurred at BASF sites worldwide (2013: 1.4), of which 5% were related to chemicals. Compared with baseline 2002, the lost-time injury rate declined by 54.5%. We want to achieve further reductions by constantly strengthening our safety culture. There were 1.8 work-related accidents per million working hours for contractors in 2014 (2013: 2.1). We recorded no fatal work-related accidents in 2014.

Lost-time injuries per million working hours
(Reduction from baseline 2002: −54.5%)
Lost-time injuries per million working hours (bar chart)

Health protection

  • 2014 focuses on back health
  • Regular health promotion programs offered to employees

Our global health management serves to promote and maintain the health and productivity of our employees. This was supported by numerous emergency drills and health promotion measures in 2014. 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 0.91, we were able to fulfill the ambitious goal of exceeding 0.9 each year (2013: 0.89). Our 2014 global employee health campaign centered on maintaining a healthy back. In 2015, the focus will be on good nutrition. We raise employee awareness of these topics through offers tailored toward specific target groups.

The BASF health checks introduced in 2013 form the foundation of our global health promotion program and are offered to employees at regular intervals.

Process safety

  • Safety concepts updated and improved
  • Global requirements introduced for explosion protection

When designing a new facility, we focus on prevention and apply a five-step review system from conception to startup. It involves early consideration of the most important aspects of safety and protection of health and the environment, and monitors these in every stage of planning. We use a risk matrix to assess the estimated probability and potential impact of risks, and stipulate appropriate protective measures.

In order to constantly improve the safety of our production facilities worldwide, we are continuing to update the safety concepts in all of our plants. We review their implementation in ten-year intervals in plants with a medium to high hazard potential. In 2014, we used software to standardize the documentation of safety reviews. Moreover, we further intensified the supervision of the process safety management system in all regions. In order to further improve explosion protection in our production plants, we introduced a global requirement in 2014. We enhanced our training measures for process safety in 2014 and instructed more than 11,000 employees worldwide.

Since 2008, we have used the number of process safety incidents as a key indicator, using the definition set by the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). This KPI comprises fire, explosions and the release of substances. In 2014, this KPI was at 2.1 incidents per million working hours. We perform a detailed investigation into every incident, analyze the root causes and use the findings to further optimize our process safety.

We continue to take part in a working group of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) for the development of a globally standardized KPI system for process safety.

Hazard prevention and corporate security

  • Requirements defined for emergency response and fire prevention
  • SPIDER Emergency Response and Information Center Verbund implemented in Europe

In order to ensure uniformly high standards around the world for safety and security, health and environmental protection, we stipulated requirements for emergency response planning and fire prevention in the BASF Group in 2014. We are prepared for potential incidents in our production plants with specific emergency response plans that involve, depending on the situation, partners and suppliers as well as cities, communities and neighboring companies.

We regularly check our emergency systems and drill procedures with employees, contractors and local authorities. In 2014, we implemented our SPIDER Emergency Response and Information Center Verbund in Europe, which enables experts from the site fire department, emergency medical team, site security and environmental protection around Europe to work together even more quickly and reliably across different sites. Our central emergency response supports local emergency response units around the world and around the clock.

We audit and review how measures are implemented for the comprehensive protection of our employees and the company – for example, from loss of knowledge – as well as for the worldwide protection of our sites against third-party interference. All of our security personnel have been instructed on aspects of human rights related to site security, such as the right to liberty and security of person. We also require all contractors involved in this area to comply with human rights and we conduct regular inspections. Investment projects are analyzed for potential risks in planned production facilities and for the safety, security and health of our employees. Business travelers, transferees, and local employees in countries with elevated security risks are informed about appropriate protection measures and individually counseled where necessary.

In 2014, we built up our worldwide network of information protection officers to more than 600. They carry out our globally mandatory requirements and conduct seminars on safety-conscious behavior. In addition, more than 2,800 employees took part in information protection training measures in 2014.