Facts and Figures

In 2018, we adapted our reporting on accidents and 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). We now apply new reporting thresholds and use the number of process safety incidents per 200,000 working hours as a key performance indicator. We have set ourselves the target of reducing High Severity Process Safety Incidents to a rate of no more than 0.10 per 200,000 working hours by 2030.1

Cao Jianxin (links) und Guan Dezhi (rechts), beide Techniker, überprüfen täglich das Tankdach. Vorgeschrieben ist, dass zwei Personen die regelmäßigen Sicherheitsüberprüfungen für die Verfahrensanlagen durchführen. So wird die Qualität der Inspektionen und die Sicherheit des Personals gewährleistet. BASF-YPC Co. Ltd. ist ein 50:50-Jointventure zwischen der BASF und Sinopec, das 2000 gegründet wurde.

In 2023, we recorded 0.05 High Severity Process Safety Incidents per 200,000 working hours worldwide. We pursue continual improvement by investigating every incident in detail, analyzing root causes and using the findings to derive suitable measures.

Effectively reducing process safety incidents starts with knowing the potential risks. Around the world, we promote initiatives to discuss incidents and their causes, as well as to sensitize others to potential safety risks. In 2023, for example, a program to reduce process incidents at our site in Pudong, China, focused on the topic of tightness and the prevention of leaks. At many sites worldwide, the focus was on sharing measures to improve operational safety. In addition, our training methods are constantly refined and enhanced to increase risk awareness.

2030 target


Reduction of worldwide High Severity Process Safety Incidents per 200,000 working hours


1 Hours worked by BASF employees, temporary employees and contractors.