Safety, Health, & Wellness

At Bristol-Myers Squibb, the health and safety of our employees are among our top priorities. 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 recent 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.

To ensure comprehensive and supporting programs are delivered consistently across the organization, Bristol-Myers Squibb 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.

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. We 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 Audits at the corporate level.

Recordable / Lost Day Case Rates


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

Safety Programs

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.


 Learn. Share. Act. Think Smart. Work Safe.

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.

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.

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.

Health & Wellness

Our Approach to Keeping Employees Safe and Healthy

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
  • Urgent medical care
  • Reproductive health program

Since early 2011, Bristol-Myers Squibb has offered a broad wellness initiative to engage our employees in improving their health, well-being and productivity through our “Living Life Better” program in the United States. To expand our reach, pilot programs were set up in Ireland and Puerto Rico. This program offers biometric screening, an online health assessment tool, and a platform to set health goals and manage progress.

Our reproductive health program assists pregnant women and those considering pregnancy to avoid any unnecessary risks while at work. Bristol-Myers Squibb also instituted a health benefit value-based design in the area of diabetes to help employees and their dependents manage this condition. In addition, 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 worldwide. 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 childcare 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.

Exposure Guidelines

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.

Pandemic Planning

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

Furthermore, 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.