Long-term objective: Zero accidents

Occupational safety has the highest priority at Henkel. Our long-term objective of “zero accidents” remains unchanged. We therefore continuously improve our occupational health and safety measures. We had set ourselves an interim target of reducing our accident rate by 20 percent by 2012. Thanks to the great dedication of our employees, we were able to meet this target early. Between 2007 and 2010, occupational accidents had already fallen by 29 percent. Based on the achieved improvements, we have set a further interim target: to reduce the number of occupational accidents at Henkel by another 20 percent by 2015. In 2012, the number of occupational accidents was 1.0 per million hours worked, a very low level by comparison with international figures.

Behavior-based safety training

To achieve our goal, we insist on strict compliance with our Safety, Health and Environment Standards (SHE). To avoid occupational accidents, we focus on technical measures and on special training programs designed to raise awareness among all employees, especially in production but also in administration. Training sessions and action days are therefore regularly held at all sites.

In 2012, a SHE Day was held by the Adhesive Technologies business sector with all employees in the Africa/Middle East region. As part of its 2012 “Safety Excellence” program, the Laundry & Home Care business sector trained the heads of the production and logistics sites on subjects such as behavior-based safety inspections and analysis of near accidents.

We also conduct training sessions for the staff of contractors working at our sites. Our comprehensive approach to occupational safety has proved effective: 88 percent of our worldwide sites were accident-free in 2012.

Local activities to raise awareness of occupational safety

In addition to our company-wide programs, our site and production managers initiate local projects to reinforce their employees' awareness of occupational health and safety. Due consideration is given to site-specific circumstances and employee needs:

Country/Region Project
Worldwide In recent years, an increase in the number of traffic accidents has been noted worldwide. In 2010, we therefore tightened the rules in various countries for the use of company-owned and rented vehicles. An example of this is the specification of mandatory safety features in rental cars. We also invest more in driver safety training for our field representatives.
Germany In 2012, a special training course on traffic safety (main focus: bicycles) was arranged at the Düsseldorf site. 350 people from various organizational units took part in this.
Germany A Safety Day was held for all employees at the Bopfingen site with the help of the workers compensation insurance association, a medical insurance association, the Red Cross, and the fire department. The program included topics such as back strengthening exercises, tips on nutrition, and what to do in case of accidents and fires.
Brasil Comprehensive health promotion program. Employees are encouraged to perform daily gymnastic exercises designed to help prevent work-related accidents and illnesses.
Thailand Contractors' employees are shown an introductory video with comprehensive safety advice before they start work.
South Africa Comprehensive safety trainings: with the aid of special simulators all employees are instructed in appropriate safety behavior and emergency evacuation e.g. in case of a fire.
Africa/Middle East In 2012, the Adhesive Technologies business sector held a SHE Day with all employees in the Africa/Middle East region. The event raised awareness among employees with presentations, workshops and a SHE card for every employee containing Golden Rules.
Italy At the Adhesive Technologies site in Caleppio di Settala, more than 1,000 hours are spent every year on safety training. As a result, this surface treatments production site has operated accident-free for more than 2,000 days.

Safety, Health and Environment Day

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In 2012, the Adhesive Technologies business sector held a SHE Day with all employees in the Africa/Middle East region. The event raised awareness among employees with presentations, workshops and a SHE card for every employee containing Golden Rules. Shown here are employees from South Africa holding the key ring distributed as part of the campaign.

Last updated: March 6, 2013