BAUER Maschinen believes that supplying products that can reduce environmental impact throughout the whole of the product lifecycle, not just at the manufacturing stage, is their key responsibility as a manufacturer and also a useful choice for the realisation of a sustainable society.Due to the increasing and rapidly accelerating globalisation, the field of occupational safety, health and environment is facing new challenges. Just like many other German companies, the BAUER Group keeps sending numerous German employees abroad. They keep production facilities in Europe, Russia, China, Asia, Africa and North and South America. They also carry out construction projects, onshore as well as offshore, in almost all the countries of the world, every year that is why it is an important task to ensure the protection of employees’ health, as well as to create a safe working environment for all employed in the BAUER Group. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), approximately 2.34 million deaths are caused every year by accidents at work or work-related illnesses around the globe.Worldwide HSE standards at BAUER In order to counteract these facts, it is necessary to introduce worldwide applicable standards for Health, Safety and Environment (HSE). Unfortunately, not all countries apply the same HSE standards, which cause quite severe discrepancies in the safety levels in some countries. Also, various cultures perceive the risks and dangers an employee is exposed to very differently. The group expects all its companies to comply with the national and international HSE regulations, which is only one of the aspects here. In a globally operating corporation, it is essential to define one’s own high HSE standards, to check their implementation and to continually improve them. The BAUER Group has faced this challenge by introducing high HSE standards and guidelines valid for all companies of the group. As a sign of the awareness of living the company´s HSE regulations, every employee is encouraged to use a BAUER HSE sticker on their safety helmet.BAUER enforces this by carrying out inspections on projects and in production facilities, and also on clients’ building sites and projects. These inspections are conducted by HSE experts as well as by the senior management. This way, they achieve a close involvement of the management in the HSE and therefore, give a visible signal to all employees that occupational safety is of paramount importance at BAUER. Furthermore, by conducting regular internal HSE audits within the group, they ensure compliance with the HSE standards and guidelines. They also expect all their companies to conduct risk assessments of all their activities, and thus identify all relevant hazards that may result from them. Measures necessary to protect employees are derived from those assessments.It goes without saying that the specifications in the BAUER HSE standards, for eg, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) or proper storage of substances hazardous to water are always binding for all companies regardless of the location.Compliance with the BAUER HSE standards is controlled by internal HSE audits in all companies of the group, and reports are issued to correct any possible deviations. These reports are submitted to the Managing Directors of the individual companies. The companies that do not pass the HSE audit to satisfaction are given certain amount of time to implement necessary corrective measures, and are then audited by the Group’s HSE audit team again. All BAUER employees are regularly given training in HSE. Toolbox talks related to HSE are conducted with all employees on our building and production sites on a weekly basis. This allows them to achieve an improvement in the HSE key figures and gives their employees a better understanding and acceptance of HSE. With all these measures and rules, BAUER ensure that all their products and services satisfy the same high standards of safety, and that the employees and also the environment are always protected in all BAUER companies and projects.Only well organised and safe building sites yield good results. Unsafe working conditions and bad planning cause repeated disruptions of the operations. A serious or fatal accident can even cause a long-term suspension of a project. Unsatisfactory HSE standards are also reflected in decreased efficiency of the projects and thus in the planned profits. Of course, HSE is intertwined with the subject of quality. Companies with high HSE and quality standards always are at an advantage over their competition on the international markets.HSE standards for BAUER equipmentAt BAUER Maschinen, they believe that supplying products that can reduce environmental impact throughout the whole of the product lifecycle, not just at the manufacturing stage; this is a key responsibility as a manufacturer, and is also a useful choice for the realisation of a sustainable society.Their equipment is built to take the customer further with optimum performance, comfort, fuel efficiency and the adherence to safety aspects.Some key aspects of fulfilling HSE aspects in the machines are:• Leading fuel efficiency; • Ergonomic work environment making it safer and more comfortable for the operator ;• Safety through the new design cab; • Quality and proven components that deliver every time; • Environmentally friendly with low emission levels and low noise;• The hydraulic system can be filled with biodegradable oil as a further means of environment protection.Diesel engines with TIER IVi standardNew and stringent exhaust emission regulations require new generations of diesel engines and emission management technologies. Since the beginning of 2011, new diesel engines have to meet Stage IIIB (EU) – Tier IVi (US EPA) emission standards. The exhaust gas emission limits dictated by these new emission performance standards are significantly more severe than the currently applicable limits. This current phase of tightening regulations requires substantial changes in diesel engine technology, as the new exhaust gas emission limits can only be achieved by exhaust after-treatment devices. For construction machinery and equipment, leading engine manufacturers are offering a system of cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and an integrated exhaust filter for diesel particulate matter (PM). Diesel engines must only be operated with ultra-low-sulphur diesel fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 15 ppm. The exhaust after-treatment and the increase in cooling capacity require more space on the upper carriage. This has been taken into account in the design of the upper carriage of all new BAUER base carriers. As soon as the new exhaust emission regulations are applicable in a country, and as soon as ultra-low-sulphur diesel fuel is available, BAUER Maschinen is prepared to deliver their equipment according to the new emission standard.Their clients are aware that, with the BAUER Group’s products and services, they have chosen not only one of the highly innovative corporations, but also a corporation with global, high standards in occupational safety, health and environment. That is the quality that the group aspires to achieve and the one their clients are entitled to expect.