Ensuring the safe transport of products is a key area of safety and environmental protection. We continually strive to further reduce the frequency of transport-related accidents – involving our own transport fleets and those of our contractors.
The transport of gases is subject to, among others, the European Agreement on the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR). Transport risks are considerably reduced through correct product handling, full knowledge of product properties and suitable packaging. Accordingly, all Linde transport requirements have been documented and incorporated into global databases. Issues covered range from the required qualification and training of drivers to the provision of detailed instructions on how transport fleets must be equipped in order to comply with Linde’s safety regulations.
With global measures in place for transport safety, we have set firm targets:
- Implement all local and global operating standards for driving and vehicle activities
- Provide our employees and transport contractors with training in Linde transport operating standards
- Continue with the internal audit programme to verify compliance with our transport operating standards
- Introduce ActSafe safety training for drivers
Linde has set itself the goal of bringing down the number of transport incidents. In 2015, as part of its global safety initiative, Linde reviewed its performance indicators and targets. Until now, the Group’s target has been to halve the number of preventable serious transport incidents per million kilometres travelled by the end of 2017 compared with 2012. In future, incidents previously classified as non-preventable will be included in a new five-year target yet to be defined. We are planning to communicate the new target in the 2016 Annual Report at the latest. According to the new definition, Linde has be enable to reduce the frequency of all serious transport incidents per million kilometres travelled in the period from 2012 to 2015 by around 16 percent.
Our initiatives in the area of transport bring together the aspects of efficiency, safety and environmental protection. Optimised routes, improved use of transport capacity and worldwide driver training make a contribution to cost savings, safe transport, a resource-efficient driving style and lower CO2 emissions.
Collaboration with transport contractors
We handle a large proportion of gas transportation to our customers ourselves. When we commission contractors, we include them in our scope of transport safety management, for example in safety trainings. As an approved trainer within the framework of the ADR, Linde also offers external training. These training sessions, which are offered throughout Germany, are a key component of our LIPROTECT® safety service.
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Responsibility along the value chain
Highlighted: Areas of the value chain relating to the issues covered on this page