Facts and Figures

We have made it our goal to reduce the worldwide lost time injury rate per two hundred thousand working hours to 0.1 at most by 2025.


Beginning in 2018, we adapted our reporting on accidents 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 had to convert our targets. Consequently, our goal from 2018 onward is to reduce occupational safety incidents to a rate of no more than 0.1 per 200,000 working hours by 2025 (previous goal: a rate of no more than 0.5 incidents per one million working hours).

In 2020, 0.3 work-related accidents per 200,000 working hours1 occurred at BASF sites worldwide (2019: 0.3). The share of chemical-related accidents declined slightly to 6% (2019: 7%). Unfortunately, there was one fatal work-related accident in 2020 (2019: 1).

At the Gunsan site in South Korea, an employee of a contractor succumbed to injuries sustained from falling after receiving an electric shock during painting work on a high-voltage transmission tower.

BASF supported the relevant authorities in their investigation into the circumstances and cause of the accident. We use the findings to take appropriate measures to prevent this from happening again. Such measures include regular information and awareness campaigns.

1Hours worked by BASF employees, temporary employees and contractors