Pfizer’s Management Systems Standards (Series 100) are based on and aligned with the Plan-Do-Check-Act model. These Standards require facilities to:
- Assess and prioritize risks
- Establish goals to address highest priority risks and opportunities
- Document the processes used to accomplish those goals
- Evaluate progress and adjust processes as needed to address issues and ensure continual improvement
The Plan-Do-Check-Act model of Pfizer‘s EHSMS conforms to external management system recognition standards such as ISO 14001, ISO 45001, and OHSA VPP and is considered at least equivalent to these standards.
Pfizer recognizes that external certifications (for example ISO 14001, ISO 45001, OSHA VPP) play a role in assuring performance, but certification does not benefit all sites equally. We evaluate on a case by case basis to determine whether certification would bring benefit to a site. Our internal EHS audit program is used to inform these decisions, and provide assurance of robust EHSMS at all sites.
Pfizer leadership is accountable for ensuring compliance with EHS Standards. Leadership teams are responsible for assigning responsibilities and providing resources to ensure compliance with performance expectations.
Business units, divisions and facilities are responsible for implementing EHS Standards applicable to their operations (by referring to the Scope and Applicability sections of the Standard).
Implementation Documents make up the fourth and final tier of the structure. These documents, known as Recommended Practices, Reference Documents and Global Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), describe practical and recommended methods for conforming to EHS Standards.
Recommended Practices (RPs) are:
- Developed for situations that present significant risk to Pfizer, where, if not well-managed, the consequences of an incident would be severe (e.g., fatality, significant health impact, release, fire/ explosion leading to significant liability, harm to reputation, or business interruption) and where approaches/techniques are established and proven to be effective
- Created by technical experts and subjected to a formal review and approval process
- Mandatory (subject to the exception criteria below) because they are the accepted method for managing
key risk areas
Exception: Operations wishing to adopt an alternative to a Recommended Practice must employ a risk based decision making process to verify that the alternative achieves comparable control of risk.
Reference Documents are:
- Provided by the relevant Communities/Networks of Practice as aids to program implementation for particular EHS Standards
- Good practices; operations are not required to implement program elements and/or performance requirements included in Reference Documents
Global EHS SOPs are:
- Detailed specifications that support Global EHS/Risk Management programs
Each component of the system is designed to work interdependently in an integrated manner that continually reinforces the common objective of improving EHS performance. To ensure sustainability of the EHSMS, Pfizer facilities are required to establish formal processes for core system components and to evaluate their effectiveness regularly.
Note: The following table is a list of Pfizer’s Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Standards as of August 2021.
Pfizer EHS Standards support the overarching EHS Management System of governance and are arranged in four categories: