Occupational Health and Safety Management
We take responsibility for providing a safe working environment with a focus on accident prevention.
Prevention also means we support our employees in staying healthy.
The people who work for and with us play a decisive role in our shared day-to-day success. They give our
expertise a face, contribute their ideas and collectively fill our values with life. Ensuring they stay safe
and healthy is therefore our top priority. We fulfill this responsibility primarily by focusing on prevention
– both when it comes to avoiding accidents at the workplace and ensuring that our employees stay fit and
healthy. In its second year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to present us with unique challenges, which we
are meeting with combined forces.
Systems and responsibilities as benchmarks
At Board of Management level, our Labor Relations Director is responsible for occupational health and safety.
Our employees can address their questions and concerns to various points of contact within the company: the HR
department, the central company health management system, the social counseling service and the
representative body for persons with disabilities. In addition, a company physician is deployed by
intercompany services at each of our locations, who is qualified pursuant to the legal requirements and is
made known to all employees.
In a company like ours, occupational safety is of central importance. The central Safety and Environment
department (PSU) provides valuable support here with regular facility inspections, assessing workplaces and
processes from the perspective of prevention, and appropriate training. Its staff have the requisite
qualifications in line with statutory guidelines. Feedback from our employees is crucial to this, because they
are on the job every day, performing the activities and implementing the processes. That’s why we not only
involve them in risk assessments, but also encourage them to actively share concerns and suggestions
regarding occupational safety with us – anonymously via an external ombudsman if they wish. It is just as
important that we regularly and comprehensively inform our employees about occupational safety measures and
any changes. To this end, in addition to meetings at operational level, we are increasingly making use of our
To address this issue across the board and operationalize it even more strongly, we formulated an occupational
health and safety policy in the reporting year, which is supplemented by concrete guidelines on numerous
related aspects. After being signed off by the Board of Management, it came into force on January 1, 2022.
The sites can also consult process descriptions as required. After certification of the BLG LOGISTICS GROUP
with its central PSU department and our company BLG Cargo Logistics in accordance with the ISO 45001
occupational health and safety management system and successful completion of a surveillance audit in 2021,
Kelheim is now the third location to undergo the certification process. This ensures that safety- and
health-related aspects are even more firmly anchored in our processes, whereby occupational safety standards
defined for all German BLG locations in the reporting year will make it even easier for us in the future to
transfer our existing systems to certification. This will allow us to extend the process to other locations
Tested processes and knowledge transfer
Logistics is characterized by physically demanding manual work, and this is particularly true of activities
in the port and in warehouses. Wherever, as here, there are interfaces between people and machines, special
safety precautions must also be taken. Hazard assessments and regular effectiveness checks are therefore
cornerstones of an effective occupational safety system. The hazard assessments are used to derive concrete
operating instructions and induction guidelines that provide orientation for our employees in their daily
work. Each location also has its own Occupational Safety Committee, which is responsible for implementing
newly adopted measures on site. Each site also has an alarm and hazard prevention plan, which includes
procedures in the event of an accident or fire and instructions for first aid.
Reportable work accidents
Number per 1,000 employees
The My Ticket software is currently used to record and analyze accidents at work or during commutes. Across
all German BLG companies in 2021, there were 385 work accidents requiring reporting, i.e. leading to sick
leave of more than three days. This is a minimal increase over the previous year, for which we were unable to
identify a universal cause despite a thorough review of each individual case. Accordingly, the 1,000-man rate
– the number of reportable work accidents per thousand employees – also increased from 36 to 37. The Lost Time
Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR), which measures the frequency of injuries at the workplace, was 35 per
1,000,000 working hours and thus likewise slightly above the previous year’s figure. All accidents that result
in at least one day’s absence from work are counted. In addition to our own employees, our accident
statistics include those who are employed by and work for us through personnel service providers. They are
trained, instructed and kitted out with personal protective equipment in the same way as our own employees.
The safety regulations are also communicated to guests, suppliers and other persons who have cause to visit
our locations. Through comprehensive training on various topics including fire prevention or dangerous goods
handling, we continue to create the prerequisites for our employees to be able to move safely at their
workplace and in the surrounding environment at all times. The training is generally provided by external
instructors, for example from the Berufsgenossenschaft Handel und Warenlogistik (German Social Accident
Insurance Institution for the trade and logistics industry); depending on the topic concerned supported by
our central PSU department.
In the reporting year, we introduced new software to map our hazardous substances register, which provides us
with a filterable and sortable overview of all hazardous substances. This is used to manage important detailed
information as well as provide hazard assessments and operating instructions. This ensures legal compliance.