Occupational health and safety
The safety and health of our employees are of 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 2021, the incident rate (RIR) within the group of companies was 1.6, unchanged from the previous year (1.6). No continuing pattern of incident causes could be discerned in the tracing of occupational incidents. All incidents at work with an absence of at least one day are included. Most of the injuries were predominantly non-chemical, industry-unspecific injuries such as bruises, sprains, cuts, and the like. In the 2021 reporting period, there were no fatalities due to operational reasons. The following graphs show the work-related incidents of CHT employees by region and rate (subject to reporting according to the OSHA regulations (RIR)*:
*Calculated using OSHA’s Recordable Incident Rate (RIR) method = (number of recorded incidents x 200,000/number of hours actually worked). The hours worked of 4,318,200 are calculated by multiplying 1,800 hours worked per year per employee by CHT’s 2,400 FTEs during the 2021 reporting period.
On the base of this development, we are going to increase our international measures for occupational 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 incidents in the workplace and to halve absences from work worldwide by 2025.
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 prerequisites for quality, the environmental protection, occupational health and safety as well as the energy-efficient use of our plants. To ensure these requirements are met, we maintain an integrated management system that is already fully certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 50001 at various sites.
Our goal of certifying all manufacturing sites to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 was achieved at the end of 2021.
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.