Health & Safety
Excellence in health and safety is an important value of our company. We aim to prevent all accidents, injuries and occupational illness. We are dedicated to harmonize company-wide internal regulations and be more stringent about establishing the use of the best available techniques.
Due to the variety of activities within the group of companies it is important to evaluate all risks individually. Based on this analysis we implement tailor-made measures and establish tailor-made standards and work instructions. To learn from accidents, our engagement goes beyond purely statistical evaluations. Accidents are analyzed in detail to identify company-wide potential for improvement. In addition, our proactive approach is supported by promotion campaigns that are designed to increase risk awareness in the workaday routine.
We continuously improve the contractors’ HSSE standards. For this purpose, a manual on contractor safety was developed e.g. at Oiltanking. A web-based database assists the sites in selecting contractors based on predefined criteria.
Preventive Medical Care
With regard to medical care, most employees based in Germany are entitled to a free preventive medical check-up every two to three years. Our worldwide sites are encouraged to develop comparable programs locally.
Health & Safety on Business Trips
Many of our employees travel as part of their work for our company. Travel safety is therefore a further important issue on our HSSE agenda. In order to provide the best medical advice and services for employees on their travels, as well as for expats, our holding company Marquard & Bahls has signed a service contract with a leading provider of medical assistance, international healthcare, and security services.
To support our employees in planning international business trips, there is also a group-wide manual on travel safety and a web-based airline-vetting database, which is updated daily.
Past incidents in our industry have shown that technical measures, organizational processes, and rules are not always sufficient to prevent fires. That is why it is very important to us to increase our staff’s risk awareness and to ensure a quick response to emergency situations by performing regular drills.
Oiltanking has prepared a mandatory Fire Protection Standard consisting of company-wide minimum requirements that often go beyond legal requirements.
Involvement in Associations
We have a vital interest in the safe operation of tankers and terminals. Therefore, our group of companies is – via our holding company Marquard & Bahls – a member of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and the European Barge Inspection Scheme (EBIS), and actively involved in promoting continuous improvement in safety standards.