9.1 Occupational Health and Safety

We regard safeguarding the occupational health and safety of our employees and of contractors and suppliers working on our company premises and under the supervision of Bayer as one of our core tasks. This entails preventing work-related accidents and occupational illnesses, identifying and assessing potential hazards, maintaining comprehensive risk management and designing a healthy working environment.

The rate of occupational injuries with lost workdays at Bayer has been falling for several years. In 2015 intensive training and awareness-raising once again helped enable the Bayer subgroups and service companies to report an overall reduction in injury figures.

Group target 2020:

reduction of 35% in occupational safety incident rate (RIR)

We record all injuries to Bayer employees requiring medical treatment that goes beyond simple first aid. These are indicated by the Recordable Incident Rate (RIR), which includes both injuries with lost workdays and those without. In 2015, this rate dropped to 0.42 cases per 200,000 hours worked (2014: 0.43) throughout the Group, corresponding to 543 occupational injuries worldwide. This means that, in statistical terms, one recordable incident occurred for around every 476,000 hours worked.

The rate of recordable occupational injuries with lost workdays (LTRIR, Lost Time Recordable Incident Rate) also fell. In 2015, it stood at 0.21 (2014: 0.22).

Regrettably, two Bayer employees lost their lives in work-related accidents in 2015. One employee was killed in a plane crash. Another employee suffered serious burns in a work-related accident at the Chempark Leverkusen site and later died in a hospital. Investigations into the causes of the latter incident are still ongoing.

Occupational Injuries

 

 

2011

 

2012

 

2013

 

2014

 

2015

1

Employees working for third parties whose accidents occurred on our company premises and under Bayer supervision

Occupational injuries to Bayer employees with lost workdays (LTRIR)

 

0.31

 

0.27

 

0.26

 

0.22

 

0.21

Recordable occupational injuries to Bayer employees (RIR)

 

0.56

 

0.49

 

0.47

 

0.43

 

0.42

Fatal injuries (total)

 

3

 

2

 

2

 

4

 

2

of which Bayer employees

 

2

 

2

 

1

 

3

 

2

of which contractor employees1

 

1

 

 

1

 

1

 

The injury figures varied both within individual regions and between the various subgroups and service companies and depended, among other aspects, on employees’ range of activities.

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Recordable Occupational Injuries (RIR1) by Region

 

 

2012

 

2013

 

2014

 

2015

1

RIR = Recordable Incident Rate

Europe

 

0.56

 

0.72

 

0.62

 

0.60

North America

 

0.53

 

0.49

 

0.64

 

0.58

Asia / Pacific

 

0.21

 

0.20

 

0.14

 

0.12

Latin America / Middle East / Africa

 

0.54

 

0.40

 

0.33

 

0.41

Total

 

0.49

 

0.47

 

0.43

 

0.42

Cases of occupational illnesses are recorded by us in the countries in which this is legally permissible and are also included in the LTRIR parameter, irrespective of whether they are included in the occupational diseases listed in international registers.

As in previous years, we hardly recorded any sector-typical accidents involving contact with chemicals in 2015. The absolute number of injuries with lost workdays continued to decline. A significant proportion of our work-related accidents and injuries have behavior-linked causes. To increase the focus on this area, the Bayer Safety Council headed up by the Chairman of the Board of Management launched the Behavioral Safety initiative and the program was rolled out in the subgroups in 2015. The subject was also the focus of our annual global Safety Day in 2015.

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The Behavioral Safety initiative focuses on the promotion of safety-conscious conduct among employees. Behavioral safety involves identifying and preventing unsafe working practices and reinforcing and consolidating safe working methods at all levels. This approach is by no means limited to production but also covers areas of work such as research & development, marketing & sales and administration. The initiative is rolling out a comprehensive behavioral safety program in the subgroups. The first step of this process involved carrying out an assessment of the existing safety culture at all CropScience production sites in 2015, while the focus at HealthCare was on sites with the biggest impact on safety performance. At Covestro, a pilot project was conducted at the site in Antwerp, Belgium. As a next step, all subgroups carried out both basic training courses for employees and manager training courses on behavioral safety at a number of these sites. The successfully launched program will be intensified next year.

We are committed to maintaining and promoting employee health and performance through targeted shaping of the working environment. As part of our occupational health management activities, we offer numerous preventive measures, ranging from ergonomic workplaces and stress management to incentive systems to promote healthy behavior. This also includes support for treating illnesses or reintegration measures.

As Bayer is active in countries with major differences in health care infrastructures and legal frameworks, the needs and options in health promotion vary. Bayer aims to provide employees with access to adequate, affordable and targeted health offerings such as regular medical check-ups, sports programs, help in overcoming illness and on-site medical care.

Our employee representatives are included in operational health management and are actively involved in its development.

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At the Bayer European Forum – a joint committee of representatives of management and employees – both parties signed the Luxembourg Declaration on Workplace Health Promotion in the E.U.. According to the declaration, workplace health promotion covers all joint measures by employers, employees and society to improve health and well-being in the workplace. The objective of the network is to identify and disseminate best practices on the basis of continuous sharing of experience. So far around 200 European companies have signed the declaration.

Group-wide initiatives to foster employees’ health and maintain their employability in view of the rise in the retirement age include, in Germany, the General Works Agreements on lifetime working and demographic change and on shaping demographic change for nonmanagerial employees at Bayer. These innovative agreements contain measures to reduce the workload of shift workers from the age of 55 and of all other nonmanagerial employees in Germany from the age of 57 ease the return to work of nonmanagerial employees after long-term illness, along with an extensive health screening program for all employees. In 2015, more than 97% of those who were eligible took part in the program to reduce the workload of older employees.