Occupational Safety: Our Goals

With the so-called Work Accident Indicator (WAI), we continuously observe occupational safety at our sites worldwide by setting the number of occupational accidents in relation to the number of working hours.

The top priority of our safety culture is to reduce the number of occupational accidents. Consequently, for each year we define upper limits based on our WAI data that apply to all of our companies. Since we began recording this information in 2006, we have been able to lower the number of accidents step by step. In 2015, we nearly reached the targets we had defined for the year under review in all three WAI categories, as the graphics on the side show.

Our Work Accident Indicator is divided into three categories:
– WAI 1: Number of occupational accidents with lost work time of one day or more per million working hours,
– WAI 2: Number of occupational accidents with lost work time of more than three days per million working hours,
– WAI 3: Number of lost work days due to occupational accidents per million working hours.


In 2015, as in the previous years, there were no fatal accidents in our company. It is particularly noteworthy that a number of our companies have had no lost work time due to accidents for more than six years. Among them are BYK’s and ECKART’s sites in Tongling and Zhuhai, China, re­spectively, and ELANTAS’ site in Pimpri, India. ECKART in Wackersdorf (Germany), Pori (Finland) and Painesville (U.S.), as well as ACTEGA Rhenacoat (France), and ACTEGA Foshan (China) have been accident-free for more than three years.

This progress is the result of various safety measures implemented by our companies, which they continuously expand and adapt to new knowledge that is gained. A current example are special barriers that we installed on nearly all of our working platforms worldwide to prevent accidents from occurring.