Safety in the broadest sense of the term has top priority for Evonik. That applies equally for employees in our workplaces, the operation of our production facilities, and the transportation and use of our products. Risks are systematically reduced through careful planning.
The safety of our employees and avoiding accidents remain key elements of our corporate responsibility. Measured by accident frequency (number of accidents at work involving company employees and contractors’ employees receiving direct instructions from Evonik per million hours worked), our occupational safety performance improved slightly year-on-year to 2.0 (2011: 2.1). Excluding the Real Estate segment, accident frequency in our core specialty chemicals operations was 1.4, which was below the previous year’s level and also under our target of 1.5. This positive trend was overshadowed by four fatal accidents in 2012.
In this area, we achieved the target of 1.5 set for 2014 for the fourth consecutive time. The distribution of occupational accidents by cause has hardly changed for many years. The most frequent causes are falls, tripping and slipping, and contact with machinery and materials. We are engaged in an intensive dialog with business units and sites whose accident performance has deteriorated and agree specific and targeted measures with them.
Safe and reliable operation of production plants is extremely important for the health and well-being of our employees and local inhabitants, and thus for the success of our business. Process safety at our production installations is analyzed in detail at regular intervals to identify risk factors. We also regularly review our management systems and processes, and undertake further development where this is expedient.
A Global Process Safety Competence Center (GPS) was established in 2012. Its task is to ensure that safety experts and the methods used to analyze process safety in our production plants meet uniformly high quality standards. For constant monitoring of plant safety we use a key performance indicator which, analogously to the accident frequency indicator for occupational health, covers incidents involving the release of substances, fire or explosion, even with little or no damage. Since the beginning of 2012 this indicator has been reported on the basis of harmonized criteria for the European chemical industry (based on the criteria of the European Chemical Industry Council, Cefic).
An established logistics concept and reliable partners are vital for the safe transportation of goods. The procurement of our logistics services (transportation by air, ocean, inland waterway, road and rail) is based on the principle of offering favorably priced modes of transportation, routes and services that meet both our customers’ requirements and legal provisions. Expedient, future-oriented environmental and transportation strategies are essential and are steadily being improved with a view, among other things, to the principles of Responsible Care. Our aim is to achieve a sustainable reduction in CO emissions in all methods of transportation by using smart and innovative logistics systems and solutions.
The Safety Quality Assessment System (SQAS) which is shared with other members of Cefic is used to check that our logistics service providers meet highsafety and quality standards.