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Occupational health & safety

In the occupational safety area, the principle is “zero tolerance for accidents”. Extensive safety instructions and training measures, safety audits, and workshops as part of the continuous improvement process (CIP) help to achieve the targets. In order to minimise hazards, the causes of recorded incidents (near misses, accidents, dangerous situations) and the implementation and effectiveness of the countermeasures taken in response are continuously analysed. Certifications and occupational safety committees contribute to this, in parallel with guidelines and safety instructions. Processes and standards in the occupational safety area are aligned with the new international EN ISO 45001 standard, certified, and integrated into the existing management system.

Central measures in the reporting year 2020 were:

  • COVID-19 pandemic: Own task force set up to report on the situation and rules on safety for the comprehensive and rapid information of employees
  • Renewed conducting of survey on employee health
  • Implementation of the 2020 occupational safety program
  • Regular information and measures on current incidents to promote safety-conscious behaviour
  • Focus on creating awareness and sensitisation of employees

The TRIFR (Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate) safety indicator is decisive for assessing performance in the occupational safety area. TRIFR measures the accidents (per capita) with Lost Time Injuries (LTIs), plus incidents entailing medical treatment in relation to the sum total of working hours x 200,000 hours. In 2020, the aim of reducing the number of accidents at work to ≤ 2.0 was achieved. TRIFR reports a reduction from 2.9 in 2019 to 1.3 in the reporting year 2020.