Safety & Health
Safety & Health
Safety and health form an integral part of Messer’s business activities. Only a universal, well-organized Safety Management System enables the continuous improvement of operational processes and performance. Our goal is for our workforce and our customers to be accident-free.
Safety of our customers
In 2019, the companies of the Messer Group including Western Europe held a combined total of 1,452 customer safety seminars, which were attended by 4,392 people in all. The facilities operated at our customers’ sites underwent technical inspections an average of 1.07 times and they underwent safety audits an average of 0.15 times. The 2020 fiscal year will mark the first time that the corresponding data will be available for Messer in North and South America. In 2019, we reissued our “Pocket Safety Guide” brochure series. It provides information about the safe transport and handling of gas cylinders, the safe transport of dry ice, and the content of gas cylinders.
Safety of our logistics and vehicles
In the logistics area we work with internationally applicable safety measures and continuously exchange information to improve our safety performance. The transport of gases carries major risks. For that reason, the Messer Group signed the Road Safety Charter and has committed itself to placing a special focus on the area of transportation safety. In addition to the statutory regulations governing the operation of a fleet of vehicles, Messer’s own transportation safety concept has proven effective. Messer employs external carriers to transport our gases. The carriers are responsible for training their drivers in accordance with the ADR (European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road). At the Messer Group including the Western European companies, six avoidable accidents
occurred while transporting our cylinder gases in 2019 (versus nine in the previous year). That means the rate declined from 0.41 to 0.28 accidents per million kilometers driven.
The number of avoidable accidents while transporting liquefied gases also fell from 14 (2018) to ten, thereby lowering the frequency rate per million kilometers driven from 0.19 in 2018 to 0.14 in 2019. The 2020 fiscal year will mark the first time that the corresponding data will be available for Messer in North and South America. We aim to reduce the number of accidents further by means of appropriate supplier management and driving training program. In addition, all drivers receive a driver’s manual specific to their work (bulk, cylinders or service vehicles). This ensures that all important information relating to their job is readily accessible. An on-board computer system with a focus on transport safety has been installed in most of our fleet throughout Europe since the end of 2019. In the future, we aim to improve transport efficiency further through even more detailed measurements. Messer specialists are actively involved in all relevant EIGA bodies and, to a large extent, in national associations too. The findings from that committee work are continuously incorporated into the driver’s manual and the driver training curriculum in order to improve transport safety. In this way, Messer is helping to achieve a steady reduction in the number of transport- related incidents.
UN Goals Safety & Health
Messer is a partner in the medical and pharmaceutical sector
Messer is active in the medical business in over 20 countries and provides services ranging from consultation on the delivery of medicinal gases or gases as medical devices to the planning, installation and maintenance of supply systems – a complete service package from a single source. Medical accessories and consumables round out the offering. As a company that is also active in the pharmaceutical sector, Messer complies with all national, European and international regulatory requirements. For gases as medicinal products, this specifically includes the requirements of (European) Good Manufacturing Practice (EU-GMP) and the specifications of the European Pharmacopoeia. Our gases as medical devices comply with the Medical Device Regulation (EU 2017 / 745), the previously applicable Medical Device Directives, and the corresponding national laws. Internal audits, a standardized pharmacovigilance system, and validated procedures and computer systems ensure our product and supply quality.
Healthcare programs for our employees
For many years now, Messer’s own facilities have been equipped with sport and relaxation areas for the employees to use. There is also a broad curriculum on offer with courses in relaxation and in specifically targeted fitness training. In addition, our companies provide various care and therapy options. The following projects, for example, are scheduled in 2019: