For us, emergency response means being prepared for possible incidents in our company at any time and at any place. This applies to production at our sites as well as our transport chains.
We adopt a structured procedure to assess all sites around the world. This allows us to implement measures which reflect the local requirements, are globally transparent and also involve a comparable level of safety. For example, for our production plants this classification results in the drawing up of specific emergency response plans which contain data for each plant, a description of the alarm plan plus the number of fire and explosion protection facilities. The organizational emergency response measures are also described.
A key feature of our emergency response concepts is practical testing. This is why we test our emergency systems at regular intervals, for example during exercises with employees and public authorities.
Our expertise in the safe handling is in great demand. This is why we belong to networks that supply information and assist in emergencies. These include the German Transport Accident Information and Emergency Response System (TUIS) and the International Chemical and Environmental (ICE) initiative. We are using the experience accumulated here to establish similar systems in other countries. For several years, for example, we introduced a regional risk matrix in Asia, which is used to define requirements for emergency response measures and accident information.
In addition, we have an international network of emergency assistance and emergency response centers, primarily in Europe and in North America, South America, and also at important production sites in Asia.