Employee health and safety are among Bristol-Myers Squibb's highest priorities. Our long-term vision is to eliminate work-related injuries and illnesses as much as possible.
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 (2011).
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 2011 to 2012, our recordable case rate decreased 1.5 percent but our lost workday case rate increased 7.4 percent. The increase was largely due to an offsite employee event resulting in 20 cases of foodborne illness. Had this not occurred we would have seen a decrease in our lost workday case rate in 2012.
Bristol Myers Squibb maintains a comprehensive Occupational Safety and Health Program. Programs are developed and implemented through the coordination of corporate, business unit and site Environment Health and Safety (EHS) groups to ensure comprehensive programs are integrated and delivered consistently across the organization. Company policies and directives are developed at the corporate level.
Supporting programs are implemented by the business unit and site EHS groups. The sites have a self inspection program in which departments proactively inspect their areas to identify and remediate potential hazards. Sites also have site and/or departmental safety committees in which employees work together. In addition we monitor, verify and continuously improve our health and safety programs through our comprehensive, rigorous EHS Evaluation (Audit) process. EHS Evaluations are designed to verify consistency of business operations for compliance with internal and external technical EHS requirements, and to assess and maintain effective management systems in place in our operations to support on-going compliance.
We had one fatality in 2012: A non-US employee traveling on business outside the US was the victim of a random act of violence which resulted in death.
Our manufacturing, research and development, and distribution facilities have safety committees in place.
Safety Management Systems Assessments are conducted at manufacturing and research 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 which involve all levels of employees. Many of our Research sites have surveyed safety culture with a high level of participation in both the evaluation and execution of new safety programs to elevate safety culture. A President’s Award program is in place for manufacturing facilities with innovative safety programs which demonstrate excellence in safety culture, management systems, and safety performance. Sites which win the award assist other sites in program development.
June is safety month at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and has evolved from a month-long program into the launch of a year-long campaign promoting safety and wellness at work and at home with quarterly themes.
A 3-year plan was launched in 2010 to promote excellence in EHS performance at our global commercial offices. Representatives from each office conduct regional electronic meetings each quarter to discuss key initiatives such as Motor Vehicle Safety and Life Safety.
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 represents our facilities and field sales operations throughout the world from 2010 through 2012. Lost workday case rates include all incidents that involve time away from work. Recordable cases include all incidents of injury or illness that require more than first aid.