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The safety of employees, visitors and neighbors is the top priority at LANXESS production sites. That is why health protection, occupational safety and the safety of plants are all subject to stringent standards. LANXESS goes to great lengths to ensure that potential risks are minimized from the outset and that hazards are averted. Employees are given intensive training on how to handle hazardous substances and operate plants safely. Moreover, LANXESS employs dedicated professional safety experts who have cutting-edge technology at their fingertips. It is their job to regularly check safety standards at sites, devise alarm and emergency response plans and carry out drills. They are tasked with identifying potential weaknesses early on and preventing health risks and pollution in the event that an unavoidable incident such as a fire or product leak should occur.
Thanks to our global electronic Incident Reporting System (IRS), we are able to record accidents and incidents using standardized procedures. The incidents that are documented include accidents involving people, transport accidents, near accidents, environmental incidents and downtime caused by, for example, bad weather or strike actions. We communicate significant incidents worldwide via our intranet or by newsletter. Each incident is carefully analyzed to identify measures that can be taken to avoid similar accidents, disruptions or near accidents in the future. The lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR), known as MAQ (injuries for every million hours worked) in Germany, is one of the indicators used to assess occupational safety. In 2015, our LTIFR was 2.2, compared with 2.3 in 2014.