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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 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 take action to continuously improve our safety culture.

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 Amgen's Safety program in 2016 include:

  • Multi-function collaboration and team building to gain a better understanding of injury causation in manufacturing with special emphasis on high-risk areas.
  • Increasing submission of SEE (safety event evaluation) Cards by Amgen staff. Submissions increased significantly from 2010 through 2016. In the same time frame, the number of injuries has 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.
  • Continued progress in our ergonomics program with particular emphasis on early detection and prevention of injuries. Ergonomic incidents at Amgen are down 89 percent since 2013.
  • Continued efforts to raise the level of control in our risk management programs.
  • Continued 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.
  • Continuous improvement of systems for chemical management that bring greater visibility to the amount and types of chemicals used and stored in labs. Since 2013, chemical inventory has been reduced by 63 percent.
  • Improved systems for managing hazardous gases in the laboratory. In 2016, there were no serious incidents, no violations and a 50 percent reduction in injuries related to hazardous gases.

Injury and Illness Rates and Reported Unsafe Conditions

 

Safety Metrics 2007 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Amgen Staff*            
Injury and Illness Rate .81 .56 .57 .42 .37 .43
Lost Day Case Rate .25 .17 .11 .12 .11 .14
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 0 0
Contractors            
Injury and Illness Rate 0.53 1.62 0.89 0.98 0.86 0.96
Lost Day Case Rate 0.07 0.75 0.25 0.29 0.26 0.31
Fatalities 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.