Occupational health and safety

  • The Schaeffler Group’s goal is to reduce the frequency of occupational accidents by an average of 10% annually by 2024
  • A global “Mental Health” day was held for the first time, with online presentations and in-person events

Workplace health

Part of NFBThe working world is dominated by fundamental technological disruptions, growing competition around the world, and demographic change, ultimately leading to an aging workforce with increasing musculoskeletal complaints.

That is why it is so important to the Schaeffler Group to ensure a healthy and safe working environment for all employees. In addition to the Schaeffler Group’s corporate health management (CHM) programs, regional EHS coordinators are planning relevant projects. CHM officers are also organizing corresponding measures at all Schaeffler locations.

To support the physical and mental well-being of all its employees, the Schaeffler Group’s occupational health and safety relies first and foremost on preventive, tailored, target group-oriented, and health-promoting measures, which include medical checkups, online courses, and virtual training offered both during and outside of working hours. The measures should reduce general workplace stress such as shift-specific challenges, psychological demands, and insufficient workplace ergonomics, and contribute to healthy behavior.

The Schaeffler Group’s CHM is based on the framework guidelines of the Luxembourg Declaration on Workplace Health Promotion in the European Union.Part of NFB Ende

Reduction of stress at the workplace

Part of NFBSchaeffler health management considers employee needs in an effort to reduce workplace stress and implement consistent standards, which is why corrective training courses were continued in close proximity to the workplace in 2022 as part of the “active back pit stop” (“Boxenstopp Rücken Aktiv”) program. To achieve long-term effects, experts share concrete exercises with employees, who can then use them in their professional and personal lives.

The Schaeffler Group is also offering more and more web-based courses on the topic of “mental health at the workplace” as well as internal and external counseling options for employees and managers. To further highlight the issue, the global “Mental Health” day was held in 2022 for the first time, offering a wide variety of online presentations and attendance events. Employees had the opportunity to take part in the voluntary event during working hours.Part of NFB Ende

High occupational safety standards worldwide

Part of NFBIn order to comply with legal requirements and to further develop internal processes and standards for occupational health and safety, the Schaeffler Group uses a comprehensive Energy, Environment, Health & Safety (EnEHS) management system. This takes a variety of factors into account, including international occupational safety standards, and is audited group-wide in accordance with ISO 45001.


coverage of the production sites in accordance with ISO 45001

In the reporting year, the coverage rate1) according to ISO 45001 was 100% (prior year: 100%) and has an impact not only on the company’s own workforce but also, for example, on service providers that work at a Schaeffler location.

According to the EnEHS management system, all managers and employees are required to comply with occupational safety regulations. They are also obliged to report unsafe situations or hazards to their supervisors. Potential dangers are identified using task and workplace-related risk assessments and evaluated to determine whether countermeasures need to be established. Managers are advised by specialists in occupational safety at the respective production sites when carrying out their responsibilities. The results of the discussions are reviewed regularly with the relevant members of the Executive Board. If necessary, further action will be taken. This ensures the ongoing development of the EnEHS management system.

The Schaeffler Group is committed to reducing the frequency of occupational accidents by an average of 10% annually by 2024. The accident rate ()2) was reduced to 2.9 (prior year: 3.9) during the reporting period, which is at least 25.6% lower than the year before. The “Safe Work@Schaeffler” project was further developed to achieve the goal. Human error such as inattentiveness is responsible for the majority of all work accidents. The aim of the project therefore is to raise awareness of occupational safety among all employees and executives. The project was introduced at five pilot locations in Germany in 2021 and another five locations in Germany and abroad in 2022. An accident map was also created to identify location and activity-related areas of focus at the various plants. Following four safety assessments, plant-specific measures were developed and 82 (prior year: 47) safety awareness training courses with coaching were offered.Part of NFB Ende

1) Relating to plant employees.

2) Measurement of Lost Time Injury Rate, LTIR = occupational accidents from one lost day per 1 million hours worked. Employees, including temporary staff, trainees in apprenticeship, and interns.

Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR)
Standard key figure for recording accidents at work; defined as occupational accidents from at least one lost day per 1 million hours worked.
Environment, Social and Governance (ESG)
The Schaeffler Group considers factors impacting the company in the areas of environment, social affairs and corporate governance.