Employees and society
Employees and society
Occupational health and safety
We want to create a safe and healthy working environment for our employees. High occupational safety standards and a company health management system lay the foundation for a competitive workforce. We strive to continuously improve and make a success of our preventative occupational safety concept and employee health services. We have upheld a high level of safety in our company for many years.
MTU places a great deal of importance on the safety of its employees. Occupational safety and employee health are enshrined as one of the key principles of corporate social responsibility in MTU’s Code of Conduct. Compliance with national statutory regulations on occupational safety is also embedded in the Code of Conduct as a mandatory minimum standard for all international MTU subsidiaries. In addition, we have established an internal standard that lays down parameters, rules and KPI definitions applicable across all locations. A Group report is submitted to the Executive Board each quarter. Our occupational safety approach is not centralized, so each location is responsible for its own operational implementation. At the individual production sites, occupational safety is the responsibility of the site managers, and occupational safety officers are appointed at the management level. Local technical departments take action on occupational safety issues on site and report regularly to site Management. The workforce at the company’s production sites in Germany, Poland and Canada is represented in locally organized occupational safety committees, the composition of which includes members of the works council / employee representatives.
Occupational safety forms part of MTU’s integrated management system (IMS) policy and is regularly reviewed and improved. At the European production sites, workplace regulations that are mandatory for all employees contain important safety rules pertaining to accident prevention, fire protection and what to do in the event of workplace or commuting accidents. The occupational safety management systems in place at the German sites are certified externally in accordance with the international Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS 18001) standard. This means that 84% of the workspaces comply with this external standard; all workspaces in the company are part of MTU’s IMS.
At 4.3 per 1,000 employees in 2018, the number of reportable accidents was—as in previous years—well below the industry average for the metal industry (35 accidents per 1,000 employees).
We strive to minimize health and safety risks to our employees and third parties as far as possible, while also seeking to make continuous improvements. We regularly assess workspaces for any risks and hazards they present for employees so that appropriate measures can be implemented where necessary. With the aim of permanently reducing the number of accidents and reaching a level of safety that aspires to prevent any accidents whatsoever, the local occupational safety officers record all accidents according to uniform criteria and investigate them together with the affected employees and their managers. Should the assessment reveal specific aspects pertaining to the cause of accidents, we will take further steps to increase safety precautions. In addition, the company has a system in place to record and evaluate near-misses at all production sites. MTU holds regular safety training for all employees. First-aiders are appointed and obligated to attend a refresher course every two years. The local technical departments are continually carrying out prevention work at the company’s sites through training sessions and information on occupational safety issues.
Our contribution to the SDGs
A secondary objective of “Decent work and economic growth,” the eighth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda, calls on companies and organizations to support safe working environments for all employees. We consider SDG 8 to be relevant for MTU because we can actively implement it in our company with strict occupational safety standards and ongoing preventative measures.
High level of safety at MTU
As in the previous financial year, high standards in occupational safety across the Group are one of our annual corporate objectives. In addition, each year we define tolerance thresholds at each location for category 4 reportable workplace accidents (accidents that entail more than three days lost). The Group-wide accident rate for 2018 was 4.3 reportable workplace accidents per 1,000 employees (2017: 3.7). MTU has thus reached a high level of safety compared to the average in the German metalworking industry (Wood and Metal Trade Association—BG Holz und Metall) of 35 accidents per 1,000 employees.
Occupational safety GRI 403-9
Reportable workplace accidents (entailing more than three days lost)
Rest of Europe
Fatal industrial accidents per location
Days lost as a result of reportable accident
Rest of Europe
Accident rate per 1,000 employees
Rest of Europe
With 42 reportable workplace accidents entailing more than three days lost, 2018 saw an increase over the previous year’s figure of 33. This increase is fully within the usual range of fluctuations from year to year, and MTU’s accident rate remains low. The main reason for the rise was the higher number of accidents at the Munich and Ludwigsfelde locations. We were unable to identify a common cause of these accidents, so subsequent measures focus on raising awareness of safe behavior even further. As in previous years, there were no fatal accidents in 2018. The sharp increase in the number of days lost due to accidents is attributable to individual events involving particularly long absences in Germany. The total number of reportable workplace accidents in the Group is low. At the other locations in Europe and North America, in contrast, the number of days lost declined from their 2017 levels.
We continue developing our safety culture
We derive proactive measures from regular risk assessments, routine inspections of workstations, and audits in production and administration. These measures focus on promoting safety-conscious working so as to continuously refine the safety culture:
- Regular cross-audits and exchange among the German sites
- “Zero” mission to achieve zero accidents, Munich
- Launch of the “Enhancing the safety culture” campaign, Hannover
- Workspace ergonomics assessment, Ludwigsfelde
- Standardized safety walks, Rzeszów/Vancouver
- “My safe workplace” informational campaign and award to the safest workstation, Rzeszów
MTU Maintenance Hannover in 2019 is the first site to be certified to the new ISO 45001 standard, which will replace OHSAS 18001 and will unite occupational safety and company health management for the first time.
Health is a key success factor when it comes to overcoming corporate challenges. The only way for MTU to retain its leading position is with healthy—and hence motivated and high-performing—employees. We also want to integrate health more strongly into our processes and structures as part of our company health management (BGM) system, especially considering demographic change and the digitalized world of work. At the start of 2018, we launched the “People are the center” campaign to provide an overview of all aspects of BGM, and also outlined these in guidelines for managers. We also held several week-long initiatives as well as a seminar on health-focused leadership for managers at our headquarters in Munich. In addition, ergonomics management is becoming increasingly important at German locations due to the aging workforce. Over the course of the reporting period, we took a closer look at workstations in production and implemented ergonomic measures in Industry 4.0 processes.
Health services at the German sites cover occupational and emergency medicine as well as general preventive medicine, while counseling services offer employees support with performance and work-related issues as well as mental health issues. Additional benefits offered by MTU include fitness centers at our German sites, which are run either in-house or by external partners, as well as physiotherapy, ergonomics training and on-site vibration training. All our German sites provide employees and managers with access to occupational health professionals (in-house or external) as well as social counselors and supplementary in-house and external services. In Germany, the health rate for the reporting period remained unchanged from the previous year at 94.6%.
Our employees outside of Germany can also take advantage of permanent health services. Employees in Vancouver, Canada have access to a free Employee Assistance Program. It offers a wide variety of support services on topics such as financial planning for healthcare costs, mental health, and personal or family counselling, as well as advice on equipping workspaces in a way that promotes good health. MTU Aero Engines North America offers its employees health and welfare benefits, including continued wages or salary for short- to long-term absences caused by illness or accidents as well as workplace reintegration, if necessary. At our site in Poland, the basic medical services on offer include a doctor who is on site once a week, psychological support as needed, and flu shots.
In 2019, we will conduct a survey in Germany about BGM so as to further develop or realign the services we offer.