Bristol-Myers Squibb: Safety



Employee health and safety are top priorities at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Our long-term aspiration is to eliminate work-related injuries and illnesses.

Injuries and Illness

Our performance is in the top 25 percent for recordable case rate among similar companies, based on most recently available industry data (2014). However, our lost day case rate does not yet meet the top 25% performance among similar companies.

Since 2000, our recordable work-related illness and injury case rate has decreased 50 percent and our lost workday case rate has decreased 15 percent. For the period 2014 to 2015, our recordable case rate increased 3.6 percent and our lost workday case rate has remained flat.

Bristol-Myers Squibb maintains a comprehensive Occupational Safety and Health Program. Company policies and directives are developed at the corporate level and implemented through the coordinated efforts of corporate, business unit and site Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) groups to ensure comprehensive programs are delivered consistently across the organization.

Supporting programs are developed and implemented by the business unit and site EHS groups. All sites are required to have a self-inspection program where departments, teams, and individuals proactively inspect their areas to identify and remediate potential hazards. Bristol-Myers Squibb sites also maintain site wide and/or departmental safety committees in which employees work together to discuss and resolve concerns. In addition we monitor, verify and continuously improve our health and safety programs by conducting periodic, comprehensive, risk-based EHS Evaluations (Audits) at the corporate level. EHS Evaluations are designed to verify consistency of business operations for compliance with internal and external technical EHS requirements, legal requirements, and to assess the effectiveness of safety management systems while also identifying areas for improvement.


No work-related fatalities occurred in 2013, 2014 or 2015.


Bristol-Myers Squibb maintains Corporate EHS Directives that establish minimum program requirements across our global network of sites and operations. Program implementation occurs at the site level with assistance and support from our Safety Leadership Team, Business Units, EHS subject matter experts, and Regional Centers of Excellence. Safety committees, ongoing self-assessments and a rigorous audit program help to drive and support our continuous improvement process. Comprehensive Safety Management System Assessments are conducted at many of our sites using internally developed tools. In addition, some sites are OHSAS 18001 or OSHA VPP certified. Behavioral assessments have been completed at manufacturing facilities using a Behavior Standard model developed by the Keil Centre at Wood Group, with action plans in place that involve all levels of employees. Our Research sites conduct periodic surveys to assess and implement new programs and processes to further enhance their safety culture. An annual President’s Safety Award program recognizes qualifying sites for their innovative safety programs and consistent demonstration of excellence in safety culture, compliance management systems and safety performance. Sites that win the award share their model practices and assist other sites in program development. The global office safety initiative that we launched in 2010 continues to expand and increase focus on maintaining EHS excellence at our international commercial locations. The program includes site visits by subject matter experts, and regional meetings to share best practices with emphasis on EHS management systems, accident and injury prevention, reporting and analysis, fleet safety, emergency preparedness, life safety and self-assessments.

Learn. Share. Act.

Our new global safety initiative “Think Smart. Work Safe. Learn. Share. Act.” began in 2016 with posters and banners available in seven languages.

We have June Safety Month celebrations across our global network of sites to promote and focus on safety and wellness, and we work diligently throughout the year to continue to improve our overall safety performance with support from our new global safety initiative, “Think Smart. Work Safe. Learn. Share. Act.” campaign which commenced in 2016.

Data Collection

Bristol-Myers Squibb uses common definitions, consistent with criteria established by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for recording occupational accidents and illnesses worldwide. The data presented here represent our facilities and field sales operations throughout the world from 2013 through 2015. Lost workday case rates include those incidents that involve time away from work. Recordable cases include those incidents of injury or illness that require more than first aid.


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