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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, Executive Vice President, Operations

Amgen’s Approach to Safety
Amgen is a dynamic company that continuously innovates and evolves in the service of patients. We never stand still. In the midst of change, our culture of safety is a constant. Protecting staff and providing a safe work environment is vitally important to Amgen. 

Our goal is to have a world class safety record through safety leadership and risk management practices—integrating safety throughout our business processes. We are committed to complying with country and local safety regulations and laws and to making safety a fundamental part of how people perform work at Amgen.

Safety Image
To foster our safety culture, we implement a comprehensive safety program, driving to understand and mitigate the root cause of safety incidents and manage and control variability. We use leading indicators to assess the health of our safety programs and make course corrections as needed. We annually gather Operations and Research and Development leadership at the highest levels to discuss performance, share lessons learned and create annual safety plans and goals for major functional areas of our business.

In 2017, we set a high bar for safety, targeting an overall goal of equal or less than 0.30 incidents per 100 staff. Though we fell short of our goal, we did improve our record throughout the year, moving from 0.44 to 0.35 overall. We attribute this positive movement to focused safety programs we accomplished throughout the year.

Manufacturing Safety Improvement Campaign
We carried through a Manufacturing Safety Improvement Campaign in 2017, focused on improving the quality and consistency of safety management systems and improving the company’s overall safety culture.  Following implementation of this successful campaign, the injury and illness rate throughout our Manufacturing function improved by 50 percent.

Safety in Research and Development
In recent years, Amgen’s Research and Development function has identified and eliminated many high-risk activities and engaged leadership more actively in safety. Safety culture in our Research and Development function can now be described as world class.

Contractor Safety Program
Contractor safety is an ongoing commitment and an area of focused attention for Amgen. Each year we hold a safety summit specifically geared for contractors. In 2017, we made a concerted effort to improve contractor safety, updating our safety manual and orientation requirements for contractors. The company expanded the contractor pre-qualification program globally using a standardized evaluation process. We accomplished hundreds of safety observations of contractors throughout the year.

Safety Culture Starts at the Top
Annually, senior management in our Operations and Research and Development functions gather for a safety summit to assess the year’s safety performance, share insights, and plan and set expectations for the coming year. This is a hands-on event where leaders roll up their sleeves and take a deep dive into safety topics and approaches to improve safety programs. Each leader comes away with a concrete plan for the year ahead that they actively share with staff members who are expected to assimilate and own the plan. 

Ergonomics in Focus
We have achieved continued success with injury prevention through initiatives focused on ergonomically correct equipment, environments and behaviors with emphasis on early detection and prevention of injuries. We’ve demonstrated a marked decrease in the number of ergonomic incidents over the years.

We have tailored our ergonomics approach and program to facilitate new “active working” offices and labs where staff do not have designated work stations. We make proactive ergonomic risk assessments of new work areas, provide extensive safety training for ergonomics, and provide resources to guide staff in ergonomically correct work habits.   

Fleet Safety
Some of Amgen’s staff as part of their work spend a considerable amount of time on the road. We are looking closely at data to inform our understanding of the impact of driving behaviors and provide more training to staff for safe driving practices. In 2017, we delivered a new safe driving initiative for our sales force to promote safe and defensive driving habits.

The Value of Emergency Preparedness
Amgen dedicates significant resources to emergency preparedness. We believe that our preparedness served us well when in 2017 Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico where our largest manufacturing facility is located. Staff injuries were mitigated by, among other things, implementing reduced staffing at the site during and immediately following the hurricane.

Chemical Safety
In 2017, we continued implementation of our innovative, robust business process for cradle-to-grave management of chemicals. Through this system, chemical inventory is closely monitored from the time it is purchased to the time of disposal. Among its many benefits including cost savings and waste reduction, the system improves safety by reducing the amount of inventory that is stored in the labs. A revised labeling system provides clear and user-friendly directions for proper storage of chemicals and safe handling information.  

Promoting Safety at Work and at Home
At Amgen, promoting safety doesn’t stop at the fence line. At its worldwide headquarters, Amgen holds a large Safety Fair event every year that promotes safety practices at home and at work. Hands on instruction for proper use of fire extinguishers, ergonomic equipment, and earthquake preparedness are among some of the areas showcased at the fair.

 

Safety Performance

 

 

Safety Metrics 2007 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Amgen Staff*              
Injury and Illness Rate .81 .56 .57 .42 .37 .44 .35
Lost Day Case Rate .25 .17 .11 .12 .12 .14 .11
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Contractors              
Injury and Illness Rate 0.53 1.62 0.89 1.14 1.02 0.98 0.73
Lost Day Case Rate 0.07 0.75 0.25 0.29 0.29 0.34 0.33
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

*For purposes of these metrics, Amgen staff includes full time employees (FTE) and contingent workers that are directly supervised by FTEs.