Under the umbrella of our far-reaching Corporate Responsibility (CR) commitment , we have developed an extensive Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) policy to protect the interests of our customers, employees, partners and society at large. This policy covers:
- Active product stewardship both at Linde and beyond
- Environmental advocacy
- Strict occupational health and safety programme
- Information resources for our customers including practical guidelines, legislative updates, safety data sheets and safety audits
- Extensive and dedicated training programmes
- Support in complying with legislative requirements
- Clean technologies to help customers also reduce their environmental impact.
End-to-End Product Stewardship
At Linde, we know that customers expect a lot more than just the right products and services at the right prices. We also have a duty to ensure that our products are used safely. Which is why we do everything in our power to ensure that no harm comes to people or the environment as a result of using, storing or transporting our gases. The overarching goal of our rigorous product stewardship policy is “zero incidents and injuries”. We achieve this by identifying, evaluating and mitigating all safety, health and environmental hazards that our products could potentially pose at all stages of the lifecycle – from research and development through manufacturing, storage, transport, retail and usage to recycling or disposal. Guided by the principles of responsible care, we always seek to go beyond minimum legislative requirements.
Key elements in our product stewardship programme include:
- New product introduction assessment – Before we launch new products, we ensure that they comply with or exceed all applicable SHEQ legislation and meet our internal standards.
- Management of sensitive chemicals – We have a stringent policy governing sensitive chemicals to prevent illegal or illicit use.
- Customer safety screening – We partner with you to screen your in-house safety and security procedures. This helps you to minimise any risks that may arise when your employees use our products.
We also expect people working for our partner and contractor companies to adhere to strict SHEQ standards at all times.
At the same time, we have a duty to ensure that our operations have minimal or no adverse effects on human health or the environment. At all of our production and administration sites worldwide, we continually strive to further improve the quality and safety of our products and services, and to minimise the environmental footprint of our operations. This includes the responsible use of natural resources, the development of clean technologies and the replacement of harmful substances with eco-friendly alternatives. Within the Gases Division, we track progress in this area by reporting on key environmental indicators.
Strict Occupational Health and Safety Programme
The occupational health and safety of our employees is a number one priority at Linde. Our global, integrated management system helps us achieve this goal by embedding health and safety into our daily operations. One of the cornerstones of our SHEQ policy, for instance, is the reduction or elimination of work-related illnesses, injuries and incidents. Our basic tenets stipulate that all of our people must:
- Have a safe and secure working environment
- Understand and follow the correct systems, procedures and conduct and
- Work within an organisation which demonstrates strong visible leadership and rewards correct behaviours.
Reaching Out to Customers
Our proactive culture and “zero incidents and injuries” goal also extends to you, our customers. It is our aim to assist you in meeting your legal and safety responsibilities in any way we can. This starts by helping you understand the properties and potential hazards of gases. Even gases such as oxygen and nitrogen, which we breathe every day, can be problematic if they are not handled properly. We can also help you put proactive best practices in place to ensure the safety of your employees.
Our concrete assistance in this area includes practical guidelines, legislative updates, safety data sheets, safety audits and dedicated training packages. Contact your local Linde representative to check what is available in your region. Examples of our information resources are outlined in the following:
|Safety Data Sheets
||We supply in-depth, region-specific safety information on all our products.
|Declarations of Performance
||We catalogue the essential characteristics of our products.
|Handling Dangerous Substances
||We offer practical resources and advice to help minimise the risks involved in handling dangerous substances.
|Transporting Gas Cylinders
||Some practical guidelines and an illustrative video on how to transport gas cylinders safely.
|Gas Hazards and Properties
||An easy-to-understand video outlining the key properties and hazards of various industrial gases.
|Handling Gas Cylinders and Cylinder Care
||An illustrative video that outlines best practices around gas cylinder care and handling.
|Acetylene: Safe Transport & Handling
||We raise awareness of the risks and promote good practices in the handling and transportation of acetylene.
|Mitigating the Risk of Asphyxiation
||We distribute information and training materials to promote safe practices and procedures.
|Training & Safety Packages
||We complement our data sheets and legislative support with various dedicated training courses and safety packages.
We complement the above information resources with practical services such as preventive maintenance contracts, where we perform regular inspections of your pressurised gas distribution system to ensure maximum uptime and safety. In addition, we supply gas certificates documenting the quality control and analysis of the gases and gas mixtures we supply so your employees know they are working with the precise gases in the precise purities they need. For more information contact your local Linde representative.
Ensuring Legislative Compliance
Another key area where many customers appreciate our advice and help is in the area of legislative compliance. Many laws and regulations have been introduced in recent years to give industry greater responsibility in the handling of chemicals. Not only do we comply in full with all international, national and regional laws plus our internal product stewardship standards, we can also help you to do so. We offer general advice plus country-specific resources such as dedicated training sessions, audits and assessments to help you comply with the regulations that apply to your line of business. These could include:
- Product registration (e.g. REACH and CLP in the EU)
- Classification and labelling (e.g. ADR, DOT, IMDG, IATA and GHS)
- Packaging and transportation guidelines (e.g. ADR, DOT, IMDG and IATA)
- Storage guidelines (usually defined at local level)
- Product reporting in the form of safety data sheets (SDS) and TREMcards (e.g. REACH and GHS)
- Disposal guidelines (e.g. greenhouse and ozone-depletion regulations).
European Legislation in Focus
The European regulations REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) and CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures) are having a big impact on the European chemical industry. REACH stipulates that almost all chemical substances that are either imported into or manufactured within the EU must be registered. CLP aims to raise and harmonise global standards protecting the health and safety of consumers, the safety of workers and the environment in general.
Harmonising the Language of Safety with GHS
Launched in 2005 by the UN, the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) provides a uniform framework to define the hazards of chemicals, classify and label substances, and harmonise hazard communication and protective measures through labels and safety datasheets. Reflecting our “zero compromises” approach to safety, we were complying with GHS guidelines long before they even came into effect. And to guide our suppliers and customers through their questions around GHS, we have prepared an info flyer with all the “old versus new” symbols and a brochure which describes GHS in more detail.
Not only do we actively seek to minimise the carbon footprint of our own operations worldwide, we also deliver technologies and gases that help you, our customers, to minimise – or even better, eliminate – hazardous emissions. Our gases and technologies enable you to achieve your ecological targets in a number of ways. We can help you optimise your processes, replace hazardous substances with gases and minimise the direct and indirect environmental impact resulting from the use of our products. Discover examples of applications and solutions that can help you strengthen your environmental protection policy.
As you can see from the above, a proactive SHEQ mindset is firmly embedded into every link of our value chain. For our own sake. And for yours.