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      Gesundheit und Sicherheit

      Health and Safety

      Healthy and safe work is as integral to our occupational health management as maintaining physical and mental fitness.

      For health protection, our integrated protection concept means preventing work-related illnesses; for industrial safety, it means preventing accidents; and for corporate protection, it means ensuring uninterrupted operations.

      Through internal and external audits, certification and special programs, the safety standards at our production sites are continually improving. With our health management, we want to use a variety of measures to help our employees have the capacity and individual responsibility to take care of their physical and mental health.

      To achieve these goals, we not only regularly and systematically analyze global and internal health and safety risks, but also develop sustainable and attractive programs for industrial safety, industrial medicine, health management, ergonomics and hazardous substances management on the basis of these analyses.



      Accident statistics and absence
      Accident statistics and absenceDec. 31, 2020Dec. 31, 2019
      Sickness rate13.53.4
      Accident rate2  
      Europe and Middle East4.14.3
      North America1.91.7
      Latin America1.92.5
      Time lost3  
      Europe and Middle East667678
      North America237355
      Latin America154444



      1 Definition: sickness-related absence relative to contractually agreed working times. Excluding temporary staff (permanent staff only).

      2 Accident rate: Number of industrial accidents worldwide resulting in the loss of one or more working-day equivalents per million hours worked.

      3 Time lost: Number of hours lost worldwide due to accidents per million hours worked.