Linde experts work at locations around the world to identify and assess risks that may arise from production. In addition, the Group has introduced the Major Hazards Review Programme (MHRP) to record the greatest potential hazards on a uniform basis worldwide. The Group-wide system enables Linde to set up control mechanisms to minimise the risks arising from its plants. By the end of 2015, the Group had certified more than 90 percent of the relevant plants in accordance with the MHRP process. In the course of the reporting year, Linde also started to introduce a global standard for quantitative risk analyses on its sites.

Linde pays attention to production safety from the initial planning stage of its new plants. This includes the effective protection of particularly sensitive ecosystems. In the reporting year, Linde conducted a review of more than 600 of its production sites worldwide. The aim of the review was to establish whether any of these sites are located in the vicinity of international protected areas. None of the sites investigated lay within or in the vicinity of a particularly sensitive protected area as defined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

During the reporting year, around 1,400 safety, environmental protection and health protection audits were carried out on the Group’s sites by Linde itself or by third parties. The Group’s internal audits are conducted in accordance with the provisions of the international certification processes for quality, environmental management and safety (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001). Several of Linde’s sites also have external certifications. In 2015, additional sites, for example in Ecuador, China and Romania, were externally certified in accordance with environmental management standard ISO 14001. The Group’s plants supplying carbon dioxide to the food industry for the production of carbonated drinks are certified to the food safety system certification FSSC 22000.