We act responsibly and never compromise on safety. We continually assess and evaluate our performance on safety and quality using a globally coordinated procedure. Collaboration with our external logistic suppliers is also oriented toward safety. To assess the performance of our carriers, we use our own methods as well as internationally recognized analysis instruments, such as the European Safety and Quality Assessment System (SQAS). This verification system was developed under the leadership of the European Chemical Association (CEFIC) and provides information regarding issues such as the training level of carrier employees, accident response times and equipment carried by vehicles. If we determine that our standards are not being met, these are addressed in quality and safety briefings with the logistic companies and necessary improvement measures introduced immediately.
In other regions, counterparts to the European SQAS with independent assessors have been regularly set up under the patronage of national chemical associations. Examples are "China Safety and Quality Assessment System" (RSQAS) which started in 2007 and "Sistema de Avaliação de Segurança, Saúde, Meio Ambiente e Qualidade" (SASSMAQ) in Brazil which is in place since 2005. In countries where, such industry shared systems do not exist, BASF introduced by itself similar assessment schemes for checking transportation companies. In Asia haulers must be RSA (Road Safety Assessment) evaluated and approved before they are accepted to be used for transportation of BASF materials. In USA, BASF Corporation is using an external independent company to do this evaluation. In the last two years, BASF globally, has also upgraded and expanded its requirements to place more emphasis on subcontractor management and behavior based safety of the drivers. In 2013 we assessed around 450 companies around the world.
Safety and quality assessment of marine transportation using tankers is organized on a global scale by the "Chemical Distribution Institute" (CDI). Independent specialists assess ship condition, equipment and operation. As a member of the CDI, BASF evaluates these safety reports and on this basis decides which tankers to use for transporting BASF products. Global valid requirements regulate the procedures and interaction of the various BASF units with regard to the uniform assessment of transportation safety of deep-sea tankers.
Prevention is one of the key elements to continuously improve safety performance. Our global network of transportation safety advisors helping to derive the right measures for avoiding incidents. Transportation safety advisors are therefore fully committed to regularly train all persons involved in transportation and distribution activities.
We conduct risk assessments for the transportation of raw materials with high hazard potential in order to define risk reducing preventive measures: In 2013, for example, we carried out risk assessments for the combined road and rail transport of chlorine in Italy as well as for the transport of propylene oxide in India.
BASF does however not limit prevention to internal activities: to further promote uniform transportation safety standards in the chemical industry, we worked with the European Chemical Industry Council, CEFIC, to develop a guideline for conducting risk assessments in 2013.
In addition, together with other companies, we conducted workshops on transportation and warehouse safety in port facilities in Mombasa, Kenya, and Tema, Ghana, in 2013 as part of a cooperation project of the United Nations Environment Program and the International Council of Chemical Associations.