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Occupational Safety

Occupational safety program Xact

Our “Xact” global safety program is aimed at encouragingly employees to work together to improve safety throughout the company. Six “Xact” safety regulations, the central principles of safe working at LANXESS, address the main areas in which every employee – whether they are employed in production or
administration and irrespective of their function or position in the hierarchy – can actively contribute to their own safety and that of their colleagues.


In 2016, we introduced three more technical HSE standards within the framework of “Xact.” Like existing standards, these incorporate stricter regulations than before for technical activities with a higher risk potential, such as the use of tools or working on electrical plant. After receiving extensive training from the “Xact” regional managers, our managerial staff communicated these standards throughout the entire organization during the reporting year. In matters of safety, we generally attach great importance to active and continuous communication. One key format in this regard is the safety dialogue, which is a forum for discussing positive and critical behaviors and possible improvement measures.


Another important tool is the Pulse Check survey, which we conduct each year among all LANXESS employees. This gives them the opportunity to describe their personal experience of key safety aspects at LANXESS. Among other things, the anonymous survey seeks to establish the importance that individual employees attach to safe working practices, whether they feel involved in safety activities – as we would like – and whether they receive positive feedback for working safely.


We are also seeking to achieve an improved mutual understanding of occupational safety with our providers of technical services, for example, and are therefore integrating them into our safety culture. Here, we apply the principle of “select, train, support and evaluate.” Among other things, our partners must provide
verification of their own safety management system and that their employees who work for us have received certain safety training. Independent of this, we give employees of our partner companies individual safety briefings as a matter of course.

LANXESS uses the recordable incident rate (RIR, the number of injuries per 200,000 working hours that are reportable as per OSHA rules) and the lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR, known as MAQ in Germany and describing the number of lost time injuries for every million hours worked) as indicators for evaluating occupational safety. The LTIFR was 1.7 in 2017, lower than the level of 2.0 recorded in 2016.

This positive development is due not least to a range of safety projects, especially in Germany, which made it possible to reduce the number of lost time injuries. As in the previous years, there were no fatal accidents in 2017. The RIR, which also includes injuries that do not result in lost time, was 0.8 in 2017, up year-on-year from 0.7. The substantial reduction in the LTIFR shows that the measures implemented in recent years to improve occupational safety at LANXESS are taking effect.




Sebastian  Röhrig

Sebastian Röhrig
Head of Corporate Responsibility

Phone: +49 221 8885 1099

Fax: +49 221 8885 1769

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