Safety and health protection are top of our agenda. They have the highest priority, even before sales and profits. Protecting the health and employability of our employees, and preventing accidents and incidents at work, in the operation of our production facilities, during transportation and on the way to and from work are of central importance to Evonik.
This is confirmed by our materiality analysis and regular discussions with our stakeholders. We take an all-round approach to safety, covering employees, their working situation, products and the general working environment.
In the Evonik Group this is ensured by globally valid policies and operating procedures that are firmly anchored in an integrated management system. Observance of these rules is monitored via a central audit system. At operational level, business-specific implementation is defined by the segments. Steering bodies at Group level ensure that mission-critical processes are implemented across the segments.
We analyze incidents carefully so we can learn from them. The lessons learned are communicated in our regular global newsletter “Learning from one another”, which reports on topical safety issues.
Our binding targets and key performance indicators are used to check implementation of the requirements and identify the need for further action. The relevant parameters are accident frequency as a measure of occupational safety and incident frequency as an indicator of plant safety.
Our crisis and incident management ensures that in the event of accidents and incidents everything is done to prevent and limit damage. We also play an active part in the relevant national and international associations.
The Safety at Evonik initiative is firmly established throughout the Group as a fundamental management approach geared to implementing a safety culture in all areas of occupational and transportation safety. In 2014 we developed binding principles of action, which are grouped in four themes. They define the appropriate behaviors and provide clear and measurable guidance for the personal conduct and leadership of all groups of employees, from local personnel to our management. All employees worldwide receive training in this.
Evonik has committed itself to protect and foster the health of its employees. Against the background of demographic change we strive to maintain or even enhance the performance and the well-being of our workforce. Our approach is holistic and integrated.
OCCUPATIONAL AND PLANT SAFETY
Protecting the health and employability of our employees, and preventing accidents and incidents at work, in the operation of our production facilities, during transportation and on the way to and from work are of central importance to Evonik.
TRANSPORTATION SAFETY & LOGISTICS
Safe transportation of goods is very important for us. We use a uniform process to select logistics service providers for transportation. We also regularly review their performance. In keeping with our understanding of sustainability, that includes evaluating the Responsible Care® performance of all transportation providers. Our aim is to minimize risk at all stages, from loading through transportation to unloading.
One of the most important requirements placed on the chemical industry by its stakeholders is that all substances be produced, handled and used not only in conformity with the law but also under safe conditions.