Health and safety standards and management system
Providing the best possible protection for our employees is our pivotal concern. We support the Group-wide approach of our occupational health and safety team with a uniform international health, safety and environmental management system. The system is based on the following international standards: OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 on health, safety, environmental protection, and quality. We have also defined uniform performance indicators, for example to measure the number of days lost. Minimum standards and related indicators create greater transparency and facilitate comparability at international level. The health, safety and environmental management system also helps us to maintain our global telecommunications infrastructure in the event of a crisis.
A team of experts with different specializations pursues a comprehensive, systematic approach to occupational health and fire safety. Controlled by our Health & Safety organization, in Germany alone we have around 130 company physicians and 120 occupational health and safety specialists looking after our employees. Additionally, employees can take advantage of a free, confidential, nationwide advisory service on psychosocial issues, staffed by more than 60 experts, who also offer a range of workshops.
Back in 2012, we collaborated with selected national companies - T-Systems Mexico, T-Systems South Africa, T-Systems Malaysia, T-Systems UK, PTC, Slovak Telekom - on the definition of common health and safety standards. So far 30 out of 40 companies outside Germany have accepted the uniform Group-wide framework conditions. The focus is expected to remain on international rollout until the end of 2015.
We will carry out on-site audits to assess whether companies are implementing these standards, carrying out health and safety improvements, and complying with statutory workplace requirements. Our national companies are also certified to the international health and safety standard OHSAS 18001, which provides independent verification.