Safety

Safety management and the continuous development of a safety culture are a cornerstone of corporate responsibility in the Bayer Group. Preventing accidents and incidents in day-to-day work, when operating production facilities, and on work-related travel and transportation routes where people or the environment may suffer harm or damage has top priority for us.

Responsibility for safety is defined through appropriate directives such as our Corporate Policy “Safety at the Bayer Group.” Our safety management is based on four pillars:

  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Process & Plant Safety
  • Transportation Safety
  • Product Stewardship

Occupational Health and Safety

Safeguarding the occupational health and safety of our employees, and of the employees of contractors and suppliers on our company premises and under the supervision of Bayer, is one of our core tasks. This entails preventing work-related accidents and occupational illnesses, assessing potential hazards, ensuring comprehensive risk management and creating a healthy working environment. The rate of occupational injuries has been falling for several years. Intensive training once again contributed to this success in 2016. more

Process and Plant Safety

We aim to design and operate our processes and facilities in such a way that they do not pose any inappropriate risks to employees, the environment or the community. To improve the safety of our production facilities and processes worldwide, Bayer is continually working to further develop the safety culture, the expertise of employees and the relevant standards for assessing risks. The corresponding Corporate Policy “Process and Plant Safety” updated in 2016 specifies globally harmonized procedures and standards. This is regularly reviewed to take into account changes in legislation, new procedures and additional quality assurance processes. more

Transportation Safety

Great importance is attached to transportation safety within the Bayer safety culture. This applies both to the transportation of our products on public routes, particularly of hazardous goods, and to processes such as loading, unloading, classification, labeling, packaging and selecting the right logistics partners. These are decided on using a defined procedure, and their fulfillment of safety and quality standards is assessed. The implementation of a dedicated corporate policy ensures that all materials are handled in line with applicable regulations and the potential hazard they pose. As part of our voluntary Responsible Care activities, transportation safety instructions are also drawn up for nonhazardous materials and corresponding distribution safety audits performed. Our transportation safety management is an integral part of HSE management and is implemented by a network of experts and users with practical experience. more

The table provides an overview of transport and environmental incidents in 2018.

Transport and environmental incidents in 20181

Transport

Environment

Personal injury

Crop Science, Belford Roxo, Brazil, January 14, 2018
Following an accident involving two trucks loaded with product, one of the two trucks caught fire. One of the drivers died while the other remained uninjured. The product released was cleaned up and disposed of in a professional manner.

X

X

Yes

Crop Science, Athens, Greece, February 16, 2018
A truck ran off the road while transporting a Bayer product. No product leaked out.

X


No

Crop Science, Fresno, United States, August 20, 2018
Product leaked out during transport due to damaged transport packaging. The product was cleaned up and disposed of in a professional manner.

X

X

No

Crop Science, Sinesti, Romania, September 4, 2018
The driver of another vehicle was slightly injured during a rear-end collision. No product leaked out.

X


Yes

Crop Science , Sinesti, Romania, September 9, 2018
The driver of a grain transporter lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons. The truck overturned and the driver was killed.

X


Yes

Crop Science, Savanna, United States, September 9, 2018
The driver of another vehicle was injured during a traffic accident. The freight was not damaged.

X


Yes

Crop Science, Luling, United States, September 14, 2018
During rail transport, a small amount of hydrochloric acid leaked out through an unclosed seal. The environmental authorities were notified and the vehicle cleaned in a professional manner.

X


No

Crop Science, Grinnell, United States, October 30, 2018
A tractor-trailer hauling sacks of preprocessed corn ran off the road. Product leaked out. It was cleaned up completely. The driver was not injured.

X


No

Crop Science, Woodstock, Canada, November 14, 2018
The driver of a tractor-trailer lost control of his vehicle and the vehicle ran off the road. No product leaked out, and the driver escaped injury.

X


No

Crop Science, Woodbury County, United States, November 28, 2018
A truck was involved in an accident on icy roads. Some of the corn on board was damaged and was disposed of in a professional manner.

X


No

   

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Standard practice at Bayer is to record all personal injuries (also of third persons) reported to us in connection with our business activities.

IT Security

Information is a key factor in Bayer’s success. It is thus particularly important to protect it in a sustainable manner. Bayer has developed and implemented various measures to ensure comprehensive protection for information and the associated know-how both within and outside the Group. more