Health & Wellness
At Bristol-Myers Squibb the health and safety of our employees are among our highest priorities. Our Health and Fitness Department operates 18 medical departments globally, 10 of which are in the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as 7 fitness centers in the U.S. The physicians and nurses in these departments provide a range of health services including emergency medical care, treatment of work-related illness and injuries, safety awareness training, work-site health evaluations, risk-based medical surveillance, and urgent medical care. Our reproductive health program assists pregnant women and those considering pregnancy to avoid any unnecessary risks while at work.
Since the beginning of 2011, BMS has offered a new, broad wellness initiative to engage our employees in improving their health through our “Living Life Better” program in the United States. This program offers biometric screening, an online health assessment tool, and a platform to set health goal commitments and manage their progress in improving their health. In addition, BMS instituted a health benefit value-based design in the area of diabetes to help employees and their dependents manage this condition. BMS has also expanded “Living Life Better” outside the U.S., with pilot programs in Ireland and Puerto Rico. Our ultimate goal is to improve health, well-being and productivity, and establish a ‘high performance culture.”
Our companywide alcohol and drug-free workplace policy offers a comprehensive approach to rehabilitating employees with chemical dependence.
Employee effectiveness both at work and in their home life is important to Bristol-Myers Squibb. We offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in the U.S. as well as other locations. This program provides employees and their families ways to manage a broad range of problems from finding daycare to finding a financial planner or legal assistance, and more complex issues such as emotional well-being and addiction and recovery. The company also offers onsite child care at five major sites in the northeastern U.S.
The company is in conformance with the International Labour Organization Guidelines for Occupational Health Management Systems through our EHS Guidance.
Our industrial hygiene initiative has set occupational exposure limits to pharmaceutical compounds in the workplace, for over 100 active pharmaceutical ingredients used in our products. An internal Bristol-Myers Squibb laboratory, accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association, analyzes air samples collected from our research and manufacturing operations worldwide. The results of these analyses provide important information used to control employee exposures to acceptable levels through engineering solutions, work practices and personal protective equipment.
Bristol-Myers Squibb has developed a comprehensive global plan for effectively responding to a pandemic. Fundamental to our plan is the safety and welfare of our employees, the communities in which we work and live, and those who rely on our medications. The company has a comprehensive policy and corporate directive regarding crisis management and communication.
HIV/AIDS in the Workplace
Bristol-Myers Squibb is committed to helping patients around the world who suffer from HIV/AIDS, including those among our own employees and their families. We have adopted global principles that address:
- Education of employees and their families in support of prevention
- Bias-free work environment
- Care and treatment of infected individuals
Further, we have taken steps to ensure that all employees and eligible dependents have the appropriate resources to access anti-retroviral drugs, produced both internally and by other manufacturers.