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

Group target 2020: Reduction of


in occupational safety incident rate (RIR)

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

Group target 2020: Reduction of


in process and plant safety incidents

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

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