We focus on prevention and determine and evaluate the possible risk posed by a plant to people and the environment, develop a corresponding safety and environmental plan, and check its implementation. These steps are a fixed part of the process from designing a plant to putting it into operation. And a plant only starts up when they have been completed.
With existing plants and when changes are made to plants, we carry out similar reviews of the safety and environmental protection concept at regular intervals.
This process is laid down in a global binding guideline: Process safety. The guideline provides a five-stage review system for environmental protection, health and safety (EHS reviews) that covers all aspects of process safety, occupational safety, occupational health and environmental protection when planning plants. Corresponding reviews are conducted in our existing plants. This guideline is an integral part of BASF's Responsible Care Management System, which comprises the global directives and requirements for the various steps along our value chain. Specific guidelines and procedures are drawn up and continuously updated.
In order to constantly improve the safety of our production facilities worldwide, we determined binding process safety requirements. A requirement is aimed at sensitizing our employees to risks, for example in connection with plant or recipes changes. A further requirement specifies regular time intervals at which safety concepts and protective measures for all plants with medium to high hazard potential are reviewed. This allows us to respond to potential risks with appropriate measures. In addition, we implemented a Group directive in 2013 on the annual review of process safety management systems and global requirements for plant safety documentation as well for explosion protection. We have also updated our global guideline on incident reporting in 2013. This allows us to even better evaluate the causes of incidents on a global level and further optimize our processes.
Since 2013, successful procedures, standards and recommendations have been structured and combined and made available in an IT-based system that are intended to support safety efforts.