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Health and safety

In 2018 two colleagues passed away due to injuries incurred in a traffic accident in India. Our thoughts and sympathy are with their family, friends and colleagues.  

Following this tragic accident, the management urged all employees to always make road traffic safety a priority. 

BeCare: no harm to anyone @Bekaert

It is our goal to create a no-harm-to-anyone working environment at Bekaert. We commit to do whatever is necessary to eliminate accidents in the workplace. 
BeCare, the Bekaert global safety program, is the way to do this. It focuses on creating an interdependent safety culture, promoting strong risk awareness, removing risk tolerance, and investing in the necessary tools and equipment to create a safer working environment.

BeCare aims to create a no-harm, risk-free working environment for all our employees and for anyone working at or visiting our premises. During an intensive training period, employees are acquainted with a comprehensive set of safety practices, learn to spot and deal with unsafe situations and know how to contribute to creating a caring environment. BeCare has changed behavior in our plants and offices and in our meetings with our business partners.

BeCare Indonesia

In 2018, we further rolled out this global safety excellence program that we launched in 2016. By the end of 2018, more than 22 000 employees went through the BeCare training program. We plan to complete the process by the end of 2020.

(GRI 403-2)

BeCare roll out
LSR all

At Bekaert, we believe all accidents and injuries are preventable. In line with our BeCare safety program, and to put more emphasis on safety in specific situations, we introduced Life Saving Rules at the end of 2018. The rules are simple do’s and don’ts in 10 hazardous situations that have the highest potential to cause death. They apply to everyone: employees, contractors and visitors. Abiding by these rules is a condition of employment and access to our sites. Following these rules and helping others to do so will save lives.  (GRI 403-2)

As from January 2019, these rules will be rolled out across all Bekaert locations worldwide. Every employee will be invited to a training session hosted by the location manager. The trainings are organized to inform everyone about the importance of the rules, to share experiences and to discuss the behavioral changes that the rules imply. At the end of each session, everyone will be invited to show their commitment for a safe working environment by signing the Life Saving Rules certificate. 


A healthy workplace

In addition to the BeCare initiatives to eliminate safety risks, we also aim to create and maintain a healthy workplace for our employees.
Special attention is given throughout the company to the safe handling and storage of chemicals. A central database records all chemicals used in our plants and strict health and safety guidelines apply for our employees. Employees who are exposed to potentially hazardous materials go through a mandatory medical check-up every six months. (GRI 403-3)

At Bekaert we closely monitor the EU REACH regulation to confirm compliance. We are in contact with our suppliers to verify their REACH compliance in the supply process of raw materials. Furthermore, we identify substances of concern in order to start proactive phase-out programs. In case we identify important regional differences in hazard classification and exposure limits, we are committed to defining our own company-specific hazard classification and exposure limits which are to be followed if no stricter regulations apply. (GRI 403-7)

We monitor workplace conditions such as noise, dust and temperature and are defining and implementing a roadmap to make further improvements. (GRI 403-6)

All employees and subcontractors working in the Bekaert plants worldwide wear the safety and health equipment provided to avoid the risks of injuries and health impact. This includes uniforms, dust filters, eye and ear protection, grippers and hoists to lift and handle spools, coils, and pallets in an ergonomic way.

Our investments take into account strict standards with regards to temperature conditions in the plants, dust extraction, noise, CO2 exhaust and more.

Bekaert is implementing a program to eliminate the emissions of diesel-powered forklifts and other internal trucks in the plants: there will be no renewal of leases or purchase of diesel-powered forklifts, unless there is no alternative.

Centro Juan Kohn

On 15 February, the “Centro Preventivo Integral Juan Kohn" was inaugurated in IdealAlambrec, Bekaert’s production plant in Ecuador. 

The new center is staffed by qualified professionals and equipped for cardiovascular and physical conditioning, muscle conditioning, manual therapy, mechanotherapy, cold/heat stimulation therapy, magnetic therapy, and massage, and includes a percutaneous electrolysis area. (GRI 403-3)

International Health and Safety Week

(GRI 403-4)

In 2018, Bekaert organized its 11th International Health & Safety Week. All plants worldwide take part in this annual event. The theme for this year was “Expect the unexpected!” and focused on creating greater awareness about emergency preparedness and response. Emergency procedures were brought to everyone’s attention and Bekaert plants worldwide shared their best practices regarding emergency evacuations, first aid, incident management, and more. 

HnS week English
HnS week Spanish

During the International Health & Safety Week, a new video with safety guidelines for visitors was introduced in all our premises. The video explains our standard safety guidelines to visitors who enter our sites and is available in 17 languages. 

Safety related data

(GRI 403-2)

Bekaert holds a group-wide ISO45001 (former OHSAS) certificate. (GRI 403-1)

On average each employee received 8 hours of safety related training in 2018. (GRI 403-5)

In 2018 both the Total Recordable Incident Rate and the Serious Injuries and Fatalities rate decreased compared to 2017. 

The Lost-Time Incident Frequency Rate increased compared to 2017. The BeCare roll-out schedule takes into account the incident history of the locations so that appropriate actions are taken with a risk and priority focus.

It goes without saying that we want no fatalities or accidents with life-altering injuries to occur, ever.  

Bekaert has set targets for safety for the medium term (2020) and the longer term (2025).

In 2018, we reported that 27% of the recorded accidents had the potential to lead to serious injuries. Since this result (down from 40% in 2017) was below our initial target of 30% by 2020, we have now updated the target to 25% by 2020. By 2025, we aim to reduce the percentage of recordable accidents with the potential to lead to serious injuries to 20%.

Our ambition is to reach zero real SIFs by 2025.

41% of the accidents that happen in Bekaert give cause to hand and finger injuries. Head and neck injuries account for 17%, upper limbs for 16%. In safety procedures and during safety trainings special attention is given to the prevention of these types of injuries. (GRI 403-9)

In 2018, Bekaert implemented all necessary measures, policies, procedures and processes in order to be GDPR compliant, among which the medical data records related to personnel. (GRI 403-3)

TRIR 20108

(GRI 403-9)


LTIFR combined             LTIFR consolidated


(GRI 403-9)

SIF combined           SIF rate consolidated

(GRI 403-9)

Injury rates per region


Group data per region LTIFR(1) All
LTIFR(1) Bekaert
LTIFR(1) Contractor SIF rate(2) All SIF rate(2) Bekaert SIF rate(2) Contractor  TRIR (3)All  TRIR(3) Bekaert  TRIR(3) Contractor 
EMEA 9.74 10.25 6.60  0.13 0.16 0.00 13.27 14.06 8.48
Latin America 5.24 6.04  1.40 0.12  0.15 0.00 6.46 7.52 1.40
Brazil (JV) 0.88 1.17 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00  2.21 2.34 1.81
North America 4.21 4.51 0.00 1.05 0.75  5.23 23.13 23.59  20.92
Asia Pacific 0.88 1.08 0.35 0.65 0.09 0.00 1.98 2.34 1.05
BBRG 8.86 9.33 4.05 0.00 0.00 0.00 14.83 15.68 6.07

(GRI 403-2)

Injury rates per gender


Group data by gender (payroll employees) Male
LTIFR(1) 4.97 2.20
SIF rate(2)   0.14 0.00
TRIR(3)  8.28 3.89

(1) LTIFR: Lost Time Incident Frequency Rate: number of lost time accidents (LTA) per million worked hours.
(2) SIF: Serious Injuries and Fatalities per million worked hours.
(3) TRIR: Total Recordable Injury Rate: all recorded accidents

(GRI 403-2)

Safety champions in consolidated plants

In 2018, 5 plants achieved more than 3 years without recordable safety incidents. Five others achieved 2 years without recordable safety incidents and 7 plants were 1 year incident-free.

Health and safety committees

(GRI 403-4)

Our integral workforce is represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees. They help monitor and formulate advice on occupational health and safety programs. These committees operate at all levels of the organization.