The global safety management procedures at Linde also cover the transportation of products. The Group works constantly to bring down the number of transport incidents. In 2015, as part of its global safety initiative, Linde reviewed its performance indicators and targets. Until now, the Group’s target has been to halve the number of preventable serious transport incidents per million kilometres travelled by the end of 2017 compared with 2012. In future, incidents previously classified as non-preventable will be included in a new five-year target yet to be defined. The Group is planning to communicate the new target in the 2016 Annual Report at the latest. According to the new definition, Linde has been able to reduce the frequency of all serious transport incidents per million kilometres travelled since 2012 by around 16 percent. To improve transport safety, the Group has defined a number of different measures. Linde constantly reviews local and global operating standards for driving and vehicle activities and integrates them into its global standard database. In 2015, Linde’s safety standards were enhanced, for example, to reduce risks arising from in-vehicle distractions. The Group also provided training during the reporting year to support the global directive on the fitting and use of vehicle mirrors within its commercial vehicle fleet. This initiative aims to reduce the risks from blind spots around vehicles.

Drivers employed by Linde’s transport service providers also participate in the Group’s regular education programmes on transport standards. Since 2007, uniform safety and operational standards have applied throughout the Group to drivers working for Linde’s transport service providers. Compliance with these standards is a condition set out in the purchase agreements made with these contractors. In the reporting year, the Group also expanded its defensive driving training programme beyond commercial vehicle drivers, making it compulsory for drivers of all vehicle types. Over the past three years, Linde has provided training to more than 15,000 passenger car and light vehicle drivers worldwide.

In order to obtain information vital to the improvement of transport safety, Linde launched courses in 2015 designed to improve the skills of the Group’s internal incident investigators in several countries, including some in Asia. The aim is to conduct incident investigations consistently throughout the Group. Linde is planning to extend the course to North and South America in 2016.The Group is also investing in technology which will provide information that will help determine the causes of incidents. By the end of 2015, Linde had fitted on-board camera recording systems to a quarter of its global commercial fleet. The proportion of the fleet fitted with such systems is expected to increase in 2016. Once again, Linde recognised many drivers in various regions in 2015 for their personal commitment to safety and their incident-free records.