Safety is a cornerstone of Corporate Responsibility
Safety management and the continuous development of safety culture are a cornerstone of corporate responsibility in the Bayer Group. All injuries and incidents we record are analyzed and evaluated in detail to enable adequate measures to be introduced to avoid them in the future
Preventing accidents and incidents in day-to-day work, when operating production facilities, and on work-related travel and transportation routes where people or the environment could suffer harm or damage has top priority for us. Responsibility for health, safety, environmental protection and quality (HSEQ) is thus directly assumed by the Group Board of Management. Our HSEQ activities are geared toward ensuring the occupational health and safety of employees, contractors and suppliers on our company premises and under the supervision of Bayer, and the smooth and safe operation of our facilities. In this way, we also reduce running costs by avoiding damage as well as work and production disruptions.
Occupational Health and Safety
We regard occupational safety and protection of our employees’ health as one of our company’s core tasks. This entails preventing on-the-job accidents and occupational illnesses, identifying and assessing potential hazards, maintaining comprehensive risk management and designing a healthy working environment. Occupational health and safety at Bayer means not just compliance with laws, regulations and codes, but also active and common commitment at the workplace – with a focus on people. Among other aspects, this involves integrating employees into decision-making processes at the workplace, ensuring functioning communication and creating a strong sense of responsibility among supervisors for their employees.
The rate of occupational injuries with lost workdays at Bayer has been decreasing for several years. In 2014 intensive training and awareness-raising once again helped enable the Bayer subgroups and service companies to report a reduction in injury figures. more
Process and Plant Safety
Through the Group-wide Top Performance in Process and Plant Safety (TOPPS) initiative, Bayer is continuously working to improve the safety culture and corresponding standards in plants and laboratories and to optimize safety technology. The corresponding Bayer Group Regulation “Process and Plant Safety” specifies uniform procedures and standards. The methods and criteria for identifying and assessing the risks posed to people and the environment by plants and processes underwent further development and were globally standardized.
A globally standardized KPI for plant safety incidents, Loss of Primary Containment (LoPC), applies to all Bayer plants and is integrated into Group-wide safety reporting. LoPC refers, for example, to chemicals in amounts above defined thresholds leaking from their primary container, such as pipelines, pumps, tanks or drums, and is thus an indicator of incidents in production facilities. more
Transportation safety has a very high priority within the Bayer safety culture. The relevant Bayer Group directive specifies procedures that ensure all transported materials are handled in line with applicable regulations and their hazard potential. Logistics service providers are selected following a defined procedure, and their fulfillment of safety and quality standards is assessed regularly. Under the directive, people responsible for implementation are appointed in every organizational unit concerned.
We classify critical incidents during the transportation of our products as transport incidents. These include accidents that cause personal injury, significant damage to property, environmental impact through the release of substances, or leakage of hazardous materials. We record transport incidents using defined criteria. Assessment is based on the leaked load, graded according to the volume and hazardous material class, personal injury and blocked transportation routes. We take into account both our own chemical transport movements and those we commission and pay third parties to perform on our behalf. more