Blum Sustainability Report 2022

78 Water-based cleaning Plants upgraded with solvent - free BIO - CIRCLE washstands The use of ha zardous substances is unavoidable in our day - to-day work. It is therefore impor tant that our employees are protected when working with these materials. One way we achieve this is through the necessar y protec - tive clothing. Another is by reducing the amount of substances used to the absolute minimum. However, the most effective protective measure is to substitute the ha zardous substances altogether. In other words, to replace them with a less dangerous or harmless alternative. This is exactly what is currently happening with the washstands in our plants. Older models use flammable solvents which can be ha zardous to health. These have now been replaced with high-per formance BIO - CIRCLE washstands throughout plant 4. The cleaning equipment from BIO - CIRCLE primarily uses water and is therefore completely safe to use. Never theless, in tests the washstands produce almost the same results as solvent -based cleaners. So there is no reason not to swap! Overall employee numbers Working for Blum of employees covered by the collective agreement . 2–7 female employees male employees Number of employees at Blum Austria 2–7 Female Male Full- time 672 5870 Par t - time 232 206 100 % 904 6076