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.
Since our colleagues are our greatest asset, at Pfizer we implement many programs to help ensure their safety and well being, reducing the likelihood of injury. One such program is called "Injury Free".
Injury Free can be described as a journey where the destination is a Pfizer where all Colleagues and Contractors take appropriate action to eliminate incidents and injuries.
Our guiding principles along this journey are:
- Leaders actively engage and visibly demonstrate their commitment to Incident and Injury Free culture at Pfizer.
- We are accountable for our own safety and the safety of those around us and have the right and duty to stop unsafe situations.
- We provide a safe workplace through effective risk management to identify and control all hazards to an acceptable level.
- We take necessary steps to prevent the reoccurrence of injuries or incidents through thorough investigation, action plan completion and sharing with other locations as appropriate.
There are lots of different routes which can be taken along the journey and our facilities implement various different local initiatives to reach our goal of "Injury Free".
Notable actions we are taking to create an Injury Free Pfizer include:
- Implementing Corporate Safety Standards for Pfizer buildings, laboratories and offices.
- Certain facilities are conducting an Injury Free survey to identify opportunities for improvement.
Our sales representatives spend significant amounts of time driving and are at risk of being involved in road traffic incidents.
In particular, we aim to:
- Help ensure that our colleagues are among the safest drivers on the road. We do this through creating better awareness and helping our colleagues improve.
- Reduce risk to our colleagues and those with whom we share the road.
- Educate our colleagues worldwide about driving risks including distractions while driving.
Notable actions we are taking to safeguard our sales colleagues and those that share the roads with them include:
- Implementing a Global Fleet Safety Standard and providing a structured support system that helps to provide a platform globally.
- Providing safety guidance for colleagues where we provide motorcycles.
- Improving driving performance and measures for success.
- Ensuring the entire Pfizer fleet is safely selected, maintained, and inspected.