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Safety

"I want everyone who comes to work to be able to work in a safe environment and go home to their loved ones every day in the same condition that they arrived in."
–Esteban Santos, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing

Amgen has a strong safety program and our safety record is among the best in the industry. Maintaining a culture of safety for staff supports our ability to serve patients with our medicines. Amgen leaders are taking action to continuously improve Amgen's safety culture.

In 2015, we made a unified commitment to safety, particularly across Operations and Research & Development (R&D). We held two joint safety summits for Operations and R&D leadership where leaders shared personal experiences that reinforced their commitment to keeping staff safe, set objectives, and recorded progress.

To reinforce their commitment to safety, Amgen leaders agreed to demonstrate safe behaviors, ensure competency to do work safely, identify and assess risks, follow and enforce the rules, and thoroughly investigate incidents.

Our objective is to prevent injuries to staff by addressing specific risks in four important areas:

  • Safety Leadership
  • Change Control
  • Maturing Governance
  • Risk Management

Highlights of actions Amgen took in these areas to create a more cohesive, unified safety approach in 2015 include:

  • Strengthening our Environment, Health, and Safety Management System by improving communication channels, incorporating leading indicators, and using an established decision-making model.
  • Submission of SEE (safety event evaluation) Cards by Amgen staff has increased by 326 percent from 2010 to 2016. In the same time frame, the number of injuries has significantly decreased. SEE cards note staff observations of both safe and at-risk behaviors and function as a way to encourage best practices for safety and discourage risks.
  • Creating a new change control process to capture non-project, non-Good Manufacturing Practices changes whenever new hazardous materials are introduced to the workplace, when there is new equipment or a change in equipment, when work activities change, or if there are changes to a building.
  • Continued progress in our ergonomics program.
  • Efforts to raise the level of control in our risk management programs.
  • Implementation of app-based mobile inspection management tool to increase oversight, effectiveness, and value of worksite inspections.
  • Extending behavior observation practices to construction projects.
  • Utilizing Environment, Health, and Safety by Design for all significant capital projects to ensure in-depth review of design compliance to Amgen and regulatory standards.
  • Improved systems for chemical management that bring greater visibility to the amount and types of chemicals used and stored in labs.

Safety Awareness 2007-2015

 

Safety Metrics 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Amgen Staff
  Injury and Illness Rate 0.81 0.76 0.55 0.57 0.68 .056 0.57 0.42 0.36
  Lost Day Case Rate 0.25 0.28 0.19 0.18 0.18 0.17 0.11 0.11 0.11
  Fatalities 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Contractor
  Injury and Illness Rate 0.53 0.65 1.29 1.27 1.27 1.62 0.89 0.98 0.87
  Lost Day Case Rate 0.07 0.07 0.27 0.61 0.61 0.75 0.25 0.29 0.26
  Fatalities 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0