Even with a solid health record and good safety performance, there is always room for improvement when it comes to the safety of Pfizer colleagues. At Pfizer, ergonomic injuries continue to be the leading injury type in manufacturing and R&D. To improve our lost-time and total injury and illness rates, we have been focused on improving and prioritizing education efforts.
In particular, we aim to:
- Maintain effective management of inherently high-risk operations.
- Ensure the health and wellness of colleagues by carefully managing workplace exposure.
- Have rigorous procedures and controls to protect employees from exposure to chemicals.
Notable actions we are taking to ensure occupational safety include:
- Mandating implementation of company-wide safety standards that focus on higher risk areas – many of our products begin with the formulation and processing of hazardous materials such as flammable solvents and combustible powders. Our scientists and engineers look for opportunities to eliminate the use of these materials through our green chemistry and green technology initiatives. Where substitution or elimination is not an option, we assess the safety of process and designs, develop maintenance strategies, and share hazard information and control strategies across Pfizer.
- Tailoring standards specific to business operations – we have documented standards that address specific risk to safety in our offices, with our contractor base, in our external supply, and at our laboratories.
- Managing chemical and biologic exposure – we have rigorous controls in place to protect colleagues. By applying scientific risk assessment technologies to chemicals and biologicals in the workplace, we help ensure the highest level of colleague safety at every stage of development from discovery and manufacture to use and disposal.
- Focusing on ergonomics and behavior change – musculoskeletal and repetitive strain injuries are some of the leading causes of time away from work. Good workplace and job design helps colleagues to do their jobs effectively while reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. Ergonomics principles, if applied properly, can reduce injuries, as well as work performance errors and lost time.