We use the number of process safety incidents per one million working hours as a key performance indicator, following to a large extent the deﬁnition set by the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). This KPI is mainly used to track the release of substances, in addition to fire and explosions.
We use this KPI to monitor our performance, identify trends and develop opportunities for improvement. It also allows for an easier exchange of experiences within the industry regarding successful practices.
In 2017, we recorded 2.0 process safety incidents per one million working hours worldwide (2016: 2.0). We pursue continual improvement by investigating every incident in detail, analyzing root causes and using the findings to derive suitable measures.
We have set ourselves the goal of reducing process safety incidents to a rate of no more than 0.5 per one million working hours by 2025.
For 2018, we will adapt our reporting on process safety incidents to the recommendations of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the German Chemicals Industry Association (VCI). To implement these recommendations, we also have to convert our targets. Consequently, our goal from 2018 onward is to reduce process safety incidents to a rate of no more than 0.1 per 200,000 working hours by 2025.