Occupational health and safety

At a glance

  • The Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR) was reduced again by around 10 % to 2.7
  • The “Safe Work@Schaeffler” project was launched at four additional locations in 2023 to raise awareness of occupational safety

Health promotion

Part of NFRThe working world is dominated by fundamental technological upheavals, growing competition worldwide, global climate and environmental influences, and demographic change. The Schaeffler Group therefore greatly values maintaining a healthy and safe working environment for all employees. Regional EHS coordinators are planning relevant projects in addition to the Schaeffler Group’s corporate health management (CHM). In addition, CHM officers organize corresponding measures at Schaeffler plants.1 The Schaeffler Group’s CHM is based on the framework guidelines of the Luxembourg Declaration on Workplace Health Promotion of the European Union.

In addition, sustainable projects in the areas of sustainable behavior, health promotion, and employee safety are being promoted as part of the “Sustainability & Engagement” sub-program in the associated “People” initiative. In an effort to promote the physical and mental wellbeing 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. These include preventive medical check-ups, online courses, and virtual training sessions that take place during and outside working hours.

The measures are intended to reduce general workplace stress, such as shift-specific challenges, psychological demands, and inadequate workplace ergonomics, and are aimed at promoting healthy behavior. The effectiveness of the measures is analyzed and evaluated locally through a management review.Part of NFR

Reducing stress in the workplace

Part of NFRSchaeffler’s health management considers the needs of employees in order to reduce stress in the workplace and implement consistent standards.

The focus is on raising awareness of occupational health and safety issues, among other things. For example, a global Health and Safety Day was held for the first time in 2023, which was carried out in all regions with online and face-to-face events. This first Global Health and Safety Day was dedicated to “Hearing and Noise”.

The Schaeffler Group also increasingly offers online training on “Mental health in the workplace” as well as internal and external counseling options for employees and managers. A global Mental Health Day was also held in 2023 under the slogan “Speak and be heard” with a wide range of online presentations and online workshops. Employees were able to take part in the events voluntarily during their working hours.Part of NFR

Globally consistent occupational safety standards

Part of NFRTo 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 and 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.

The coverage rate 2 according to the ISO 45001 standard was 100 % in the reporting year (prior year: 100 %). The occupational safety standards impact not only the company’s own workforce but also, for example, service providers who work at a Schaeffler location.

According to the EnEHS management system, all executives and employees are required to comply with the occupational safety regulations. They are also obliged to report unsafe situations or hazards to their supervisors. 

Potential dangers are identified using activity and workplace-related risk assessments and evaluated to determine whether countermeasures need to be established. Managers are advised by occupational safety employees on how to fulfill their responsibilities in the respective productions plants. The results relating to occupational safety are regularly discussed with the relevant Managing Directors of Schaeffler AG. If necessary, further action will be taken. In this way, the EnEHS management system is continuously developed.

The Schaeffler Group is committed to reducing the frequency of occupational accidents by an average of 10 % annually by 2024. In the reporting period, the Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR ) was reduced to 2.7 3 (prior year: 3.0), a decrease of around 10 % compared to the prior year. The average annual reduction compared to the 2018 LTIR value is therefore still over 10 %.

Development of work accident rate

safety awareness training courses, including coaching, were offered in 2023

The majority of all work accidents were caused by human error such as inattentiveness. The “Safe Work@Schaeffler” project was optimized further to achieve the Schaeffler ESG target. The aim of the project is to raise the necessary awareness of occupational safety among all employees and executives. The project was launched at four additional locations in the 2023 reporting year. As a result, plant-specific measures were developed and again 82 (prior year: 82) safety awareness training sessions, including coaching, were held.

For the 2023 Short-Term Bonus, the target was set to reduce the LTIR to 2.6. At 2.7, the remuneration-related target was missed by 0.1. However, this figure continues the positive trend of reducing the accident rate by at least 10 % annually since 2018.Part of NFR

1 According to the scope of the Schaeffler Group EnEHS Management manual and valid certification rules. 
2 Relating to plant employees.
3 Measurement of Lost Time Injury Rate, LTIR = occupational accidents from one lost day per 1 million hours worked. The 2023 figure does not include Ewellix, which was acquired in 2023. 
The Ewellix LTIR is 5.7 and was calculated according to a different definition. As at December 31, 2023, the Schaeffler Group had 82,119 employees (excluding Ewellix), and Ewellix had 1,243 employees.

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