CHT Sustainability Report 2020

Society

Safety management

Operational health and safety

The safety and health of our staff are of the utmost importance. To guarantee protection in the workplace and safety at our sites and their environments, high standards apply for the CHT Group.

Requested prevention and information

In 2020, the accident rate within the Group of companies was 1.6%, a increase of almost 60% compared to the previous year (1%). No continuing pattern of accident causes could be discerned in the tracing of occupational accidents. All accidents at work with an absence of at least one day are included. Most of the injuries were not typical for the chemical industry, but were not specific to the industry, such as bruises, sprains, cuts, etc. In the 2020 reporting period, there were no fatalities due to operational reasons. The following graphs show the work-related accidents of CHT staff by region and rate (subject to reporting according to the OSHA regulations (RIR)*:

Occupational accidents by region and rate (reportable under OSHA regulations (RIR)*

Europe 15 52%
Americas 12 41%
Africa 2 7%
Australia 0 0%
Asia 0 0%

*Calculated using OSHA’s Recordable Incident Rate (RIR) method = (number of recorded accidents x 200,000/number of hours actually worked). The hours worked of 3,617,600 is calculated by multiplying 1,800 hours worked per year per employee by CHT’s 2,261 FTEs during the 2020 reporting period.

On the base of this development we are going to increase our international measurements for operational health and safety and further promote our staff’s training in this field. The long-term goal of the CHT Group is to continue to reduce the number of accidents in the workplace and to halve absences from work worldwide by 2025.

Plant safety

CHT products are manufactured in modern chemical plants which are state-of-the-art in terms of safety and control. When manufacturing our products, we respect the pre-requisite for quality, the environmental protection, operational health and safety as well as the energetically favorable use of our plants. To meet these requirements we have an integrated management system certified according to the standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001 (CHT Germany GmbH). By 2025 we aim to have all manufacturing sites certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. The new certifications in the Group planned for 2020 were achieved.

In case of incidents in plant safety, appropriate corrective actions were initiated immediately. This showed that the procedures for alert and emergency response and the cooperation with authorities and public institutions as well as the fire departments function reliably.

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