„Our employees' safety and health is a top priority for us. We have been making great efforts for many years to continuously improve the safety awareness at our company.”
We take necessary and appropriate measures to prevent accidents and incidents. An important element is regular training for our employees, in order to raise their awareness of potential hazards and to enable them to work safely.
Brenntag is also continuously investing in its equipment and infrastructure so as to optimize plant safety and work processes at its locations and thus further minimize safety risks and sources of accidents.
This ongoing process of improvement has enabled us to steadily reduce the number of reportable industrial accidents within the Group, resulting in a reduction of 66% in the Group accident rate between 2010 and 2016 to a value of 1.5. We must report that there was a slight increase again in 2017 to 1.7. However, we see no indication of a sustained trend reversal here and expect to return to our path of continuous improvement.
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* LTIR1Day (Lost Time Injury Rate): number of industrial accidents resulting in at least one day’s absence from work per one million working hours
BEST - Brenntag Enhanced Safety Thinking
A key element of our efforts to increase safety is the global Brenntag Enhanced Safety Thinking (BEST) programme. It focuses on the safety behaviour of Brenntag employees at all levels within the company, which is the primary cause of accidents in more than 80% of cases. Based on action plans, various programmes and measures were implemented in the Brenntag regions and national organizations in the year under review to promote safe behaviour and to correct dangerous behaviour. These centre on regular and extensive communication on safety aspects, greater involvement and motivation of employees and increased visibility of exemplary safety leaders within the company.
The programme is based on the Safety Behaviour Standard, a framework encompassing the key behaviours expected at Brenntag that contribute to creating a safe environment and safe work. These are compared to behaviours that jeopardize safety and which we want to avoid (“dos and don’ts”).
BEST: Personal Safety Action Plans – Personalization of safety
In addition, the BEST philosophy is to be expanded beyond occupational safety to the personal environment of Brenntag employees. In 2017, the Latin and North America regions had positive experiences with the “ personalization of safety”, and Brenntag’s Global HSE Team was able to draw on this while developing the BEST – Personal Safety Action Plan (PSAP).
As of the start of 2018, all Brenntag employees worldwide are asked to create a PSAP in which they list risks that they encounter daily while at work as well as in their personal lives. They discuss these situations with their managers and, based on this, they work together to develop and subsequently review an individual plan with measures to prevent accidents and incidents. The managers have been given training on this issue. Board of Management members and senior managers present their own personal plans in videos so that employees can learn about this new instrument for our safety culture. Employees are also invited to present their PSAPs in a video.