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GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 

Management approach

Interseroh takes the topics of occupational safety and employee health very seriously. Not least because staff can develop their full potential only if they are both fit and healthy. The company wishes to honour its duties of responsibility and care to its employees to the fullest extent, and has therefore implemented a comprehensive approach to occupational safety and health.

In 2017 and 2018, all of Interseroh’s primary sites had both ISO 9001 and BS OHSAS 18001 certification. In the individual companies and at all locations, individuals have been appointed who are responsible for maintaining internal and legal occupational safety and health standards. Regular meetings of the health and safety committee are held for this purpose. In addition, Interseroh is also assisted by an external service provider in relation to work concerning occupational safety and health – such as the preparation of the online hazard assessment, for example. In the event of an accident, root cause analyses are conducted by local units. On this basis, the respective management team derives and implements appropriate preventive action.

To promote the health of all employees and prevent illness, Interseroh works on the continuous development of its corporate health management system. In the reporting period, management staff at all levels in Interseroh’s subsidiaries as well as apprentice trainers were given instruction in ‘healthy leadership’ and the company’s health management programme once a year. There is also a regular exchange among the trainers on the topic of health. A comprehensive series of interviews with staff returning from long-term sick leave was also held, with a focus on industrial/technical roles. The aim is to identify correlations between the workplace and sickness absence at an early stage to enable interventions to be made.

Interseroh also offers its employees a wide-ranging programme of sports courses, health advice and preventive care. In the reporting period, an existing cooperation with the Techniker Krankenkasse health insurer was significantly expanded, and a new partnership agreement was signed with Fitness-Treff Zündorf, offering regular fitness courses. Every year since 2016, our Cologne plant has successfully held at least one 'health day'. Each health day has its own central theme. In 2017, the focus was on 'exercise'; in 2018, it was on preventive checkups and being aware of our senses. A planned survey on psychological dangers has been shelved; the topic will now be represented in the hazard assessment tool.

403-2: Types of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities

Work-related accidents fell from 78 in 2017 to 74 in 2018. The corresponding injury rate per million hours worked was 25.0 (2017: 29.2). All accidents occurred in Germany. There were no deaths in 2017 or 2018. No analysis is offered of the type of injury and the severity of accidents in relation to the number of lost days, nor of the gender of injured personnel.

The number of absence days rose from 26,725 (2017) to 29,075 (2018) due to the increase in staff numbers. The average number of absence days per employee fell from 16.9 (2017) to 16.2 (2018).

Injuries and absence days1
  2016 2017 2018
Accidents at work2 75 78 74
Injuries per 1 million hours worked3 3 27.0 29.2 25.0
Fatalities 0 0 0
Absence­days 27,265 26,725 29,075
Average absence­days per employee 16.6 16.9 16.2

Data not collected on external contractors.
Absence of over 3 days, excluding commuting accidents, basis is notifications to employer’s liability insurers.
1,800 hours per full-time employee, 900 hours per part-time employee.

403-3: Workers with high incidence or high risk of diseases related to their occupation

In 2016, 2017 and 2018, there were no notified and no confirmed cases of occupational diseases.